Just after dealing with the curious case of Harry, Vegas and a bunch of nudity, the royal family has yet another ordeal involving naked photos surfacing. This time, they’re of Kate Middleton who was reportedly sunbathing topless in the south of France in a remote residence. Prince William and she were vacationing there earlier this month and had a certain expectation of privacy, as they were staying in a private house. However, French tabloid Closer (a notably creepy name for a paparazzi magazine) has published some blurry and distant photos that appear to be of Middleton’s bare chest.
The royal family is understandably upset and has stated that this incident is “reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, and all the more upsetting to the duke and duchess for being so.” As Newsday notes, France is where Princess Diana, William’s mother, died while fleeing from paparazzi in 1997. The publication claims the photos were snapped from a terrace nearby, but officials for the royal family are thinking of taking legal action against Closer.
To be honest, I was all right with Prince Harry’s Vegas photos getting out. Everybody knows that “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” stopped being applicable with the advent of smartphones. But there certainly is an expectation of privacy when you’re at a private house. It’s not as though the couple were on a semi-private nude beach or at a pool party; they were simply experiencing a vacation. It’s like being photographed while out at a club without realizing it versus being photographed through your windows while sipping some wine after dinner. I’ve always found paparazzi to be disturbing and peculiar when they reach major stalker-mode, so I quite strongly hope there will be some legal action taken.
How do you feel this “scandal” will affect Kate Middleton’s image? Do you think the royal family should take legal action?