The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are said to be “saddened” by claims made by a French magazine that it will publish topless photographs of Kate Middleton today.
- St James’s Palace braces itself after Closer magazine trailed ‘exclusive’
- Couple are ‘very angered’ and say a ‘red line has been crossed’
- Website also showed image of the front cover with Duchess in a bikini
- Pictures allegedly taken while Kate was on French holiday with William
- France has some of the strictest privacy laws in the world
- Closer France editor said Prince Harry would feel ‘less alone’
Before the French magazine Closer went on sale today it hyped the photos of the Duchess of Cambridge “topless on the terrace of a guest house in Luberon”.
The magazine’s website showed an image of the front cover, with the duchess apparently ready to take off her bikini top. The photographs were allegedly taken while the duchess was visiting the south France with Prince William for a romantic holiday.
The couple stayed in Provence at a chateau owned by the Queen’s nephew, Lord Linley, ahead of their tour of south-east Asia and the South Pacific.
The images have emerged only weeks after Prince Harry was snapped naked while in Las Vegas. Laurence Pieau, editor of French Closer magazine, said Prince Harry would feel “less alone” when the magazine hits shelves on Friday, and the pictures are beamed around the world, the Daily Mail reported.
She said the images showed Kate “fully topless” and that there would be “nipples“. The pictures of the duchess were clearly taken on private property using cameras with extremely long lenses, which meant no British newspaper would publish them, according to the Daily Mail.
The timing of the publication comes as the duchess and Prince William were in Malaysia, halfway through their tour on behalf of the Queen.
An aide traveling with William and Kate in Malaysia said the couple “are saddened to learn about the alleged photos.”