Palace’s Decision To Sue Has Backfired

An Italian magazine has today published the topless pictures of Kate Middleton, according to the Daily Beast. (Meanwhile, Kate is off in the Solomon islands, where she was greeted — in solidarity? — by bare-breasted dancers: you can’t make this shit up!) The publication, in a special editon of Chi magazine, comes on the same day that William and Kate are to file legal charges in a French court against Closer magazine, in an apparently futile attempt to stop the pictures being reproduced around the world. Indeed many now believe that William’s decision to press charges and the statement from Buckingham palace which equated the pictures with the hounding of Princess Diana have backfired, stimulating yet further interest in the pictures.

No British outlet has yet published the photographs, at a time when the journalists’ behavior is under scrutiny after the phone hacking scandal, but scans of Closer magazine were reprinted in an Irish newspaper on Saturday. Scans are widely available on the internet. Mainstream photo agencies are now carrying images of the French magazine on sale and being read in France and Italy.

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