Magazine publishes topless Kate Middleton photos

A French magazine, Closer, has published photos of Kate sunbathing topless while vacationing with Prince William.

The royal couple was on holiday at the Chateau d’Autet near Aix-en-Provence in the Luberon region of France when paparazzi snapped topless photos of the Duchess relaxing with her husband on a private balcony.

Understandably, the palace was not happy. The reaction from Clarence House, Prince of Wales’s office:

“The incident is reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, and all the more upsetting to the Duke and Duchess for being so. 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.”

Closer defended its decision, telling Reuters that the photos were a ‘beautiful series’ that showed the couple in love and were in no way degrading.

As part of a good will tour of the Far East and South Pacific – marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – William and Kate are currently in Malaysia.

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Photo: screen capture from YouTube. The news casts a shadow on the royal couple’s trip to Malaysia.