Topless photos of Kate Middleton are putting the British royals front and center of another scandal again. It's an incredibly embarrassing situation for Kate and her husband, Prince William. Although the images were snapped when they thought cameras weren't around, it doesn't help with the squeaky clean record the future King of England and his bride have established so far.
The published pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge are "not degrading," according to Closer magazine editor, Laurence Pieau.
"These photos are not in the least shocking," he said. "They show a young woman sunbathing topless, like the millions of women you see on beaches."
He furthermore calls them "full of joy" as William and Kate enjoyed what they believed was a private vacation in France. Laurence Pieau said Kate Middleton is "beautiful" in the photos, that she and William are "in love," and that "the princess of the 21st century."
All of that may be true, but the editor obviously doesn't see there was an invasion of privacy. In Great Britain the press has tighter guidelines when photographing the royal family. After the death of Princess Diana, the media must now abide by stricter codes. When Pippa Middleton was followed too closely by the paparazzi, she hired a public relations rep and the media hounds backed off significantly. Newspapers there will only publish images of her if they're taken at public engagements.
The Duke and Duchess have sued the magazine for breach of privacy, and St. James Palace officials are consulting with attorneys to review their legal options against Closer magazine.