We hoped that we would never have to read the headline, "Kate Middleton Topless Photos," again — but sadly that wish didn't come true. Just after news broke that French gossip magazine Closer published pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge sunbathing sans her bikini top, another European publication has decided to run the photos as well. The Irish Daily Star edition in the Republic of Ireland published the same pictures, BBC News reports.
While the pictures have already caused an uproar around the world, the Editor of the newspaper, Mike O'Kane, doesn't seem to think that the Middleton is different from any other celebrity. "The duchess would be no different to any other celeb pics we would get in, for example Rihanna or Lady Gaga," he said. "She's not the future queen of Ireland so really the only place this is causing fury seems to be in the UK."
"She's married into the royal family, she's one of the most photographed people in the world, and she decides to partially disrobe on a balcony where it can be seen from a public road and she's stunned now, or the Palace are annoyed that people are interested in this," O'Kane added. "Of course people are going to be interested in this."
The people that pay O'Kane aren't happy with the editor's decision to print the pics. Mimi Turner, Northern & Shell's communications director, said that the company is "abhorred" by the publication's decision. "We, like St James's Palace, believe [it] to be a grotesque invasion of their privacy," she stated.
While no publications in the United Kingdom have run the pics, Italian magazine Chi has claimed that it will place the shots in a 26-page special issue this coming week. A royal spokeswoman wouldn't comment if they have plans to sue Chi except "to say that all proportionate responses will be kept under review." She also gave this statement: "Any such publication would serve no purpose other than to cause further, entirely unjustifiable upset to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who were enjoying time alone together in the privacy of a relative's home."
[Photo Credit: WENN]
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