The Irish Daily Star on pages six and seven of the newspaper’s Republic of Ireland edition this morning, published photos of the Duchess of Cambridge sunbathing topless while on holiday in France, alongside a headline acknowledging the royals were launching legal action against French magazine “Closer” for printing topless photos of the Duchess on Friday.
What did St James’s Palace have to say?
- “There can be no motivation for this action other than greed.”
Northern And Shell, which owns the newspaper, said the pictures were a “grotesque invasion of privacy” but said it had no editorial control over the publication.
Gareth Morgan, Daily Star Sunday editor, has also been quoted as saying:
- “We’re absolutely horrified here in the office, and as a company. This has no merit as an editorial decision, it has no merit morally, it’s frankly a horrible decision.”
As if that’s not enough, an Italian weekly Chi –from the same publishing group as French magazine Closer –is preparing to devote 26 pages to the series of pictures in an edition coming out on Monday.
Here’s what the editor of Chi Alfonso Signori had to say:
- “The fact that these are the future rulers of England makes the article more interesting and topical.
“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.”
The palace has released a statement as regards this development that reads:
- “Any such publication would serve no purpose other than to cause further, entirely justifiable upset to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who were enjoying time alone together in the privacy of a relative’s home.”
Below is a version of the front cover of Chi due for release on Monday with the headline “The Queen is Naked!”