There’s a first time for everything, including a topless photo drama for new royal couple, Prince William and wife, Kate Middleton. The topless photos of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, were published by Closer, a French publication, followed by Italian magazine Chi and Ireland’s Irish Daily Star tabloid.
The photos were taken of the royal couple’s private getaway in Provence, France who are on an Asian tour and reported to be furious about publication of the images. The Irish Daily Star has been under fire from the U.K. Daily Star who threatened to close down a joint publishing venture between the two companies. Richard Desmond of the U.K. Daily Star said:
“I am very angry at the decision to publish these photographs and am taking immediate steps to close down the joint venture. The decision to publish these pictures has no justification whatever, and Northern and Shell condemns it in the strongest possible terms.”
Gareth Morgan, editor of U.K.’s Daily Star Sunday said he was upset about the Irish Daily Star’s decision to run the topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge.
“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.”
Michael O’Kane, editor of the Irish Daily Star, admitted that he ran the pictures to increase sales and said that Middleton is treated like he would treat any other celebrity.
“She’s not the future queen of Ireland, so really the only place this is causing fury seems to be in the U.K., and they are very, very tasteful pictures.”
What’s intriguing to us is that both Chi and Closer are owned by former prime minister of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi.
Now do you smell something fishy? We do.