Kate Middleton's alleged topless photos probably have Prince Harry feeling relieved right about nowÂ—they'll certainly take his father and grandmother's attention away from his own nude photo scandal. However, Prince William and Kate are understandably upset about the pics.
They haven't been verified yet, but according to The Independent, a source has revealed that Will and Kate have seen the photos. Here's what the source said about the couple's reaction to them:
"They're saddened their privacy has been breachedÂ—if it has been breached. We will talk to our lawyers in London and counterparts in Paris to see what options are available."
If lawyers really are getting involved, then it seems like the topless photos of Kate Middleton might be the real deal.
They were taken last week while the couple was in France and purport to show Kate sunbathing without her bikini top on the terrace of a guest house owned by Lord Linley, the Queen's nephew. Surely the Queen won't be happy about Kate stripping down outdoors on her relative's property.
Obviously a paparazzo would have had to use a long lens to get the shots, which are being published by the French magazine Closer.
The Independent quoted a royal official as saying that it will be like "turning the clock back 15 years" if the photos of Kate sunbathing are published. The official must have been referring to Princess Diana's untimely death in 1997, which came about in part because she was trying to flee from photographers.
This is a rather extreme comparison since Kate wasn't being pursued by a paparazzoÂ—instead she was completely oblivious to a photographer who never put her life in danger. It's despicable that her privacy was breached in such a big way, but when you're married to the future King of England, it's probably never a good idea to get topless outdoors.
Hopefully Kate isn't too mortified by the nude photos being publishedÂ—the pictures appear to be pretty blurry, so it's not like the world will get to see all that much. Prince Harry didn't suffer a lot of criticism from the public for his leaked nude photos, so maybe the world will be just as forgiving about Kate doffing her top for a little harmless sunbathing.
Of course the Queen probably still won't be too happy about it, but she'll just have to grin and bear it since she can't have Kate shipped off to Afghanistan.
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