Chi editor-in-chief Alfonso Signorini followed through on plans to publish new photos of Kate Middleton topless. A sampling of the images were released on its Web site, but 50 more appear in the latest edition of its magazine.
“These pictures are not offensive or in poor taste, they are not morbid and they do not damage the dignity of anyone,” said the 48-year-old editor before releasing the photos.
The photos are of the same quality–grainy and blurred–as those published by French magazine Closer last week. Signorini claims to have 200 photographs, some allegedly more lurid than those already published.
Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge and future Queen of England, was photographed while on vacation with Prince William at the Chateau D’Aulet, a sprawling 640-acre estate in Provence, France, owned by the Queen’s nephew. Kate and William are continuing their Southeast Asian tour on behalf of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Kate Middleton in Italian Mag Chi
A photographer who photographed the royal couple at the sprawling estate, told London’s Daily Mail both were clearly visible from a nearby public road. Other public areas were even closer, and a number of local people in the area could seem them as well.
If the public had a clear view of the Duke and Duchess, the royal couple had to be able to see them, too. Then why were they so cavalier about their state of dress, or undress?
It’s unknown what action, if any, the Palace intends to take against the Italian magazine. It is suing the French magazine Closer that initially published the photos.