First came Kate Middleton‘s Vagina flash.
Now comes she was caught in Bikini while pregnant.
Australia’s Woman’s Day have confirmed they will also publish pregnant Kate photos
The Italian gossip magazine Chi has published the photographs, splashing images of Catherine in a bright blue bikini and sporting a clear baby bump on the cover.
St. James’s Palace slammed the photos as a “clear breach of the couple’s right to privacy.”
“We are disappointed that photographs of the Duke and Duchess on a private holiday look likely to be published overseas”, a spokesman said.
Editor Fiona Connolly said the royal couple are not a ‘protected species’ outside Britain adding: ‘This is not a hard decision. Kate’s on a public beach, there are other holiday-makers there and she looks fabulous.’
However, Mustique is a private island and there is an expectation of privacy for anyone holidaying there because the paparazzi is banned.
Mrs Connolly said: ‘As Australians, we see this every day. We see pregnant women in bikinis on the beach – and a public one at that – so we are a lot less sensitive here.
‘Our readers are going to love these photos. I don’t expect any backlash at all really. I think she’s looking fabulous and healthy and (with) a beautiful bump, like we haven’t seen her before.’
It is not the first time an Australian magazine has published photos of royals against the wishes of the royal family.
One of the most controversial decisions was made by New Idea magazine – engaged in a bitter publication war with Woman’s Day – which revealed in 2008 that Prince Harry had been posted to Afghanistan, putting the royal at risk.
Yesterday a spokesman for St James’s Palace said: ‘We are disappointed that photographs of the Duke and Duchess on a private holiday look likely to be published overseas.
‘This is a clear breach of the couple’s right to privacy.’
Today the Palace would not comment further or speculate about whether they would launch any kind of legal action.
A palace source said: ‘It’s violating’. The duke and duchess, who are expecting their first child in July, flew to a £19,000-a-week luxury villa on the island of Mustique last week.
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The editor of Italy’s Chi magazine has defended his decision to print bikini pictures of pregnant Kate Middleton on holiday – and said it shouldn’t be compared to the hounding of Diana Princess of Wales.
Editor Alfonso Signorini today said: “The article features photos of a young couple in love as they happily walk along the shore.
“They are images of such unexceptional normality that there is only limited mention of them on the cover of the magazine.”
Mondadori, the publishers of Chi magazine, confirmed that the magazine featuring the pictures of pregnant Kate in her bikini had gone on sale in Italy today.