More topless photos of Kate emerge despite lawsuit
Just when the royals thought they might have stopped the leak of topless Kate pictures, an Irish paper has published photos and an Italian magazine says it will have plenty more for readers to look at in their issue next week.
Chi, an Italian gossip magazine, said it is planning a 30-picture, 26-page special on the Prince William and Kate, featuring topless pictures from their holiday at a French chateau last week.
This comes on the heels of the royals couple launching a breach-of-privacy lawsuit in France against Closer, the French magazine that published a five-page spread on the couple Friday in which Kate was topless.
Part of the royals' strategy in suing in French court was to send a warning shot to any more publications thinking of using the secretly-taken photos from their weekend in Provence. That hasn't stopped the Italian magazine, nor the Daily Star.
"The duchess would be no different to any other celeb pics we would get in, for example Rihanna or Lady Gaga," Daily Star editor Mike O'Kane told the BBC. "She's not the future queen of Ireland so really the only place this is causing fury seems to be in the UK, and they are very very tasteful pictures."
The photos featured in the Irish Daily Star, reprinted from Closer, were not published in the paper's Northern Ireland or British editions.
A Palace spokesperson added that further legal action will be "kept under review."
"Any such publication would serve no purpose other than to cause further, entirely unjustifiable upset to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who were enjoying time alone together in the privacy of a relative's home," a Palace spokesperson told the Telegraph.
It's possible it could seek an injunction against Chi publishing the photos in Italy, but it would have to act quickly, according to Italian legal experts.
The grainy Closer photos of the couple sunbathing were taken with a long lens from a road outside the French estate of the Queen's nephew, Viscount Linley. A French photographer, Valerie Suau, has admitted she took pictures of Kate in her bikini from the road, but no topless photos. She also told friends, according to reports, that there was no security around to stop anyone from taking photos.
Chi editor Alfonso Signorini defended his decision to come out with a special issue. "The fact that these are the future rulers of England makes the article more interesting and topical," he told the BBC.
"This is a deserving topic because it shows in a completely natural way the daily life of a very famous, young and modern couple in love," he said.
Signorini also told AP he didn't fear legal action and that the photos "don't hurt Kate's image."
The cover of the Chi magazine shows Kat sitting topless on the terrace of the chateau, with the headine (translated): "Scandal at the Court: The Queen is Naked."
British publishers have so far turned down offers to print the photos and have condemned Closer. The Irish Daily Star (right) is co-owned by Britain's Northern and Shell communication group, which issued a statment saying they "abhor the decision of the Irish Daily Star to publish these intrusive pictures of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge."
Richard Desmond, who runs Northern and Shell, announced he will take his company out of the joint partnership of the paper with Ireland's Independent News & Media. "The decision to publish these pictures has no justification whatever and Northern & Shell condemns it in the strongest possible terms," he said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the couple at the centre of it all -- Will and Kate -- seemed quite happy to be thousands of kilometres away from the epicentre of their troubles, taking a stroll through a Borneo rainforest on Saturday.
It was Day 5 of their nine-day tour of Asia and the South Pacific and, judging by the photos, they seemed to have put at least some of their anger at Closer's pictures behind them as they met scientists at a rainforest research centre and explored Danum Valley.
The couple hiked through the rainforest in khaki pants and hiking shoes, then had a private lunch to end the official part of their day.
Their rainforest adventure included being lifted up a rainforest tree by rope. Kate joked: "I'm going to go 'whee' and fly the way up."
"I hope I don't have any wardrobe malfunction," added William, as quoted in the Daily Mail
The couple travels to Honiara in the Solomon Islands on Sunday and wrap up their tour in Tuvalu before returning to London on Tuesday.