The Duchess of Cambridge is facing fresh anguish after an Australian magazine said it would print pictures of her in a bikini showing a “baby bump” on holiday in the Caribbean.
Fiona Connolly, editor of the weekly Australian title, reportedly claimed that the former Kate Middleton was on a public beach and that the pictures were taken by a fellow holidaymaker – not a paparazzo. “It wasn’t a hard decision to run these photos,” Connolly is quoted as telling Australia’s Herald Sun newspaper .
“She is on a public beach and she was mingling with holidaymakers. There are other holidaymakers in the photos. It’s a very different situation to the nude photos, there is no photographer hiding in the bushes and she is not inside a private villa.”
The royal family reacted angrily last night after the Italian gossip magazine, Chi, announced its intention to print the photographs.A spokesperson for St James’s Palace said on Wednesday: “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 .”
Woman’s Day is a weekly lifestyle magazine in Australia and is published by the global media group Bauer Media, home to titles including Grazia, FHM and Empire.
The editor, Connolly, reportedly said the magazine had bought the exclusive rights to print the pictures in Australia, but would not reveal their value.
She was quoted in the Herald Sun: “Everyone but the UK has or will publish these pics. The British press has collectively made a deal with the palace [but a] gentleman’s agreement over there doesn’t affect us over here. “We are sensitive to photos that shouldn’t be published, for instance I haven’t laid eyes on the nude photos of Kate.”