As you all know by now the Duchess Of Cambridge, Kate Middleton was photographed topless while on vacation in Provence, France. The photographs were published by the French magazine Closer and the incident is raising lots of interesting questions about privacy (or lack thereof) for the Royal Family and the excessive and obsessive nature of the paparazzi. Now the Palace is speaking out and condemning the actions of the magazine and the photographers, going so far as to compare the incident to the tragic events that lead to the death of Princess Diana in 1997. Click inside to read more about the Royal Family‘s reaction to yet another nude photo scandal.
Kate Middleton is furious over the release of topless pics taken while on vacation with Prince William in France … and now the Royal Family is threatening to sue someone’s ass over it.
The pics — published by the French magazine Closer — show Kate taking off her bikini top while hanging out with William last week at a chateau owned by the Queen’s nephew, Lord Linley.
Moments after the pic went public, the Royal Family issued a scathing statement … saying “Their royal highnesses have been hugely saddened to learn that a French publication and a photographer have invaded their privacy in such a grotesque and totally unjustifiable manner.”
In the statement, the Royal Fam said the incident is “reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of Diana, Princess of Wales” … who died in a car crash while fleeing from the paparazzi in France back in 1997.
The Royal statement continued, “Their royal highnesses had every expectation of privacy in the remote house. It is unthinkable that anyone should take such photographs, let alone publish them.”
“Officials acting on behalf of their royal highnesses are consulting with lawyers to consider what options may be available to the Duke and Duchess.”
“The Duke and Duchess remain focused currently on their tour of Singapore, Malaysia, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu on behalf of the Queen.”
Closer magazine has a UK version as well, which IMMEDIATELY DISTANCED itself from its French counterpart, saying it would “like to make it clear that the two publications make entirely independent editorial decisions. In this respect the comments made by the Editor of the French edition which have reported in the media today do not reflect the opinions of Closer magazine UK.”
“Closer magazine UK takes its obligations under the PCC Code extremely seriously and would never publish topless images of a member of the Royal family on its cover or otherwise.”
This is the third time in less than a month a member of the royal family was caught in a photo scandal/ Prince Harry famously partied in the buff in Las Vegas and Prince Philip was caught in an upskirt moment when he wore a kilt (without underwear) to an event in Scotland.
I am so curious to hear what you guys think about all this. A lot fo you have been weighing on on Trent‘s post and so many good issues are being raised. In the world of pop culture and celeb gossip there’s always this underlying question of privacy and ‘going too far’ for a good story. I think we all accept that celebrities (which include the Royal Family) sacrifice a certain amount of privacy in exchange for their good looks and good clothes and, well, money. But do we sometimes ask them to sacrifice too much?
Do y’all think the ‘razzis in France were just doing their job? Or were they wrong for publishing such private photos of the Duchess? Another issue here is the class issue. We see lots of um compromising photos of celebrities all of the time, but some of you have pointed to the ‘Duchess’ factor as the problem here. That is to say, are we more outraged because of Kate Middleton‘s status? One could also argue that– because of that very status– she should be more aware of her every move (seemingly private or otherwise). These questions always fascinate me because when you start saying one type of photography is wrong, then all others must come into question. For example, I hate seeing pictures of celebs shielding their children from the blinding light of fame/paparazzi, but I also love seeing celebs with their children. On the one hand I want ‘razzis to respect the privacy of family time and all that awesomeness… but then sometimes I really wanna see Matthew McConaughey‘s crazy gorgeous kids, lol. See? It gets tricky!
I think one issues is that so many of us legitimately like Kate Middleton! She seems like such a sweetheart, like someone who is seriously not looking or asking for this kind of attention, and so in a way we are inclined to defend her honor.