Feb. 13: An Australian magazine is to publish the photographs of Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, which have become the centre of a privacy storm.
The editor of Woman's Day has defended the decision, claiming they are a "beautiful" set of images which were not taken by a paparazzi photographer, but instead captured by a fellow tourist. The Australian press have reported that the magazine paid up to $150,000, almost �100,000, for the images.
They were taken as the royal couple holidayed on the exclusive island of Mustique, in the Caribbean, with the Middleton family.
They have been published today on the front page and in the gossip column of Chi magazine, owned by the former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
Woman's Day is to publish the images in their next edition, out on Monday. It has been reported that the magazine will also run pictures of Pippa in a bikini. St James's Palace refused to comment on the fresh decision to publish, or the claims that the images were taken by a holiday-maker and not a professional photographer. A spokeswoman reiterated: "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 privacy."
Woman's Day editor Fiona Connolly said she was sensitive to the sort of pictures that should not be published. "In this instance they are a beautiful set of photos," she said. Connolly said the photos show Kate looking happy and much recovered from the extreme morning sickness.
Connolly said they were different to the paparazzi pictures of Kate sunbathing in bikini bottoms on the balcony of a chateau in the South of France, published by French magazine Closer.