Middletons win one against the tabloids


Score one for the Middletons. Two British tabloids agreed today to remove some photos of the famous family from their websites.

The photos in question are from 2006, and were taken  while the Middletons were on vacation in Ibiza, Spain, along with Prince William. The photos show the family swimming and sunbathing on a yacht. In one photo, Pippa -- who celebrates her 28th birthday today -- is seen without her bikini top.

The Middletons filed a complaint with the Press Complains Commission in the UK, claiming that at the time, they were in a place where "they had a reasonable expectation of privacy."

According to a story in the BBC, the "Middleton family complained to the PCC this year after photographs were published in 2006 of Kate, now the Duchess of Cambridge, and her younger sister Pippa in bikinis."

The newspapers in question, the Daily Mirror, The Mail on Sunday and the Daily Mail, disagreed with the Middletons' claims but agreed to remove the photos anyway. Here is a statement posted on the press council's website:

The newspaper said that the set of photographs from which the photograph had been taken had been published on numerous occasions since 2006 without complaint. It also said that the boat had not been followed, arguing that the complainant did not have a reasonable expectation of privacy at the location in which the boat was situated. Nonetheless, the complaint was resolved when the newspaper removed the photograph from its website and agreed not to republish it.

The decision by the newspapers may reflect a changed tabloid climate in the UK since revelations of widespread hacking at the now-shuttered News of the World.

But the Middletons' victory is rather symbolic at this point. The photos have presumably been seen by millions of Internet users and have been republished on scores of celebrity blogging sites.



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