Italian magazine plans 26-page special on topless Kate photos

MILAN Sat Sep 15, 2012 12:33pm EDT

Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wave to staff as they leave Hospis Malaysia, the largest hospice in the country, in Kuala Lumpur September 13, 2012. REUTERS/Samsul Said

Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wave to staff as they leave Hospis Malaysia, the largest hospice in the country, in Kuala Lumpur September 13, 2012.

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MILAN (Reuters) - An Italian gossip magazine plans to publish on Monday a special edition dedicated to topless pictures of the wife of Britain's Prince William, its editor said, defying risks of legal action.

The royal couple has already begun action against the French magazine Closer after it published a dozen shots of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge - the former Kate Middleton - as she slipped off her bikini top while sunbathing at a French chateaux.

Both Chi and Closer are controlled by Italian publisher Mondadori, part of the media empire of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and chaired by his daughter Marina.

Chi Editor in Chief Alfonso Signorini said the special edition would include a 26-page reportage with topless pictures of the duchess, including some unpublished shots of her vacation with Prince William, second in line to the British throne.

"This reportage is worth a special edition. It shows in a very natural way the daily life of a young and famous couple very much in love," Signorini said in an emailed statement.

"The fact that we are dealing with the future British monarchs makes it certainly more interesting and in line with a modern conception of the monarchy," Signorini said.

Chi's front page, already widely published by Italian media, shows a large shot of Kate sitting topless, above the headline "Scandal at court: the Queen is Naked."

Prince William's office said there was no justification for further publication of the photos.

"We will not be commenting on potential legal action concerning the alleged intended publication of the photos in Italy save to say that all proportionate responses will be kept under review," his office said in a 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."

Closer's pictures, already wildly circulating on the Internet, were also picked up by several foreign publications.

Greek newspaper Eleftheros Typos had two photographs of the duchess, one showing her topless, on its front page.

The pictures have reignited the debate over the privacy and freedom of the press, especially in Britain where the media face possible new regulations after a series of publishing scandals.

No British paper has published the photographs, including the Sun tabloid, the only British title to run pictures of William's brother Harry naked in a Las Vegas hotel.

"Her picture will be probably available online until the end of the earth. But it's not the end of the world," commentator Maria Laura Rodota wrote in Italy's biggest daily Corriere della Sera.

(Reporting By Lisa Jucca; Additional reporting by Harry Papachristou in Athens and Tim Castle in London; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

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Comments (48)
Wolverine0801 wrote:
If I were the Royals, I’d sue the photographer and the each publication everytime the photo was printed, even if they were published through a third-party source. Then sue the third-party source. Just bankrupt them. Put them out of business with the lot of them!!! They’ll never stop. These photos are NOT news. Kate is NOT Harry. She should be given a bit of privacy. And whoever took these (200!!!) photos, should be ashamed!!! If someone published similar photos of this person’s (term lightly used) wife or daughter, mother or sister,how would he feel then?

Sep 15, 2012 7:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
4juices wrote:
If anyone has any sense of decency, they would refuse to purchase these magazines now or anytime in the future. Kate Middleton deserves better and does not deserve this shallow treatment

Sep 15, 2012 8:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Trixlet wrote:
Actually that is what I would do Wolverine0801, I would pay someone to follow them around for a year, their business dealings, their weekend hotel parties, affairs, their wives, what they are doing, or husbands/ their daughters and sons, doing drugs and having sex, skipping school, etc… then publish every last bit of it. what is good for the goose is good for the gander.

Sep 15, 2012 8:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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