Chi Magazine Kate Middleton Topless, Nude Photos: Queen Stands Behind Duchess During Latest Scandal

By Mstarz reporter | Sep 19, 2012 11:01 AM EDT
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(Photo : Reuters) Queen Elizabeth strongly supports Kate Middleton throughout her entire topless photo scandal.

Three popular European gossip tabloids, France's "Closer" magazine, the "Irish Daily Star," and most recently Italy's "Chi" magazine, have all published intimate pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton sunbathing topless during a post-wedding getaway with hubby Prince William. The royal family is now working hard with legal representatives to make sure the publication of such private photos comes to a complete stop. Even with all the scandal and controversy surrounding the young royal couple, inside sources tell People magazine that elders Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth II "are most definitely supporting [Will and Kate] in everything that they are doing."

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According to inside sources, William and Kate are getting full royal support and protection just because of that, they are William and Kate. Ken Wharfe, former bodyguard to Princess Diana, told People, "If this were Fergie, [the Queen] would be livid" (referring to Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, who found herself involved in a similar scandal involving racy pictures 20 years ago).

Wharfe goes on to say," But this is top-drawer royalty: a favorite grandson and his beautiful wife. They live in another world."

A French court decided on Monday that "Closure" magazine, the first tabloid to publish the topless pics of Kate Middleon, would not be allowed to print or distribute any more copies of the issue-in-question (including online) and to pay a fine of $2,600. The court also ruled that the original photographs of the exposed Duchess of Cambridge should promptly be handed over to the royal family.

The "Closer" publishing company Mondadori (who also publishes Italy's "Chi" magazine, which recently printed a 26-page spread featuring never-before-seen nude photos of Middleton), will be forced to pay approximately $10,000 each additional day the pictures are not turned over.

Following the release of the Middleton topless photos in "Closer," the royal family promptly filed a criminal complaint seeking invasion of privacy charges against the magazine. Further court injunctions will hopefully impede further publication of the "Irish Daily Star" and "Chi" issues as well.

All three tabloids defend their choice and right to print the seedy pictures, with "Chi" editor Alfonso Signorini even stating, "I published them with a conviction that they are pictures of a modern contemporary duchess." 

Upon the break of the Middleton topless photos scandal, Prince William's former press aid Colleen Harris told People that, "William will be absolutely fuming." And indeed he is - the entire royal family will not take this invasion of privacy ordeal sitting down.

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