It has emerged this morning, just hours after yesterday’s revelation that Italian magazine Chi would publish pictures of the Duchess Of Cambridge in Mustique, that an Australian magazine would now follow suit. The magazine ‘Woman’s Day’ says that it has a ‘beautiful collection of images’ and that the images were in fact not taken by a paparazzo, but by a fellow tourist on the island!
The Australian press have reported that the magazine paid up to $150,000 Australian Dollars, almost £100,000, for the images. The images have been published today on the front page and in the gossip column of Chi magazine, owned by the former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.
St James’s Palace has already condemned any publication of the photographs, saying, “We are disappointed that photographs of the Duke and Duchess on a private holiday look likely to be published overseas. This is a clear breach of the couple’s privacy.” St James’s Palace has refused to comment specifically on the Australian case.
The editor of the Australian magazine has cited her awareness of privacy and has explained that her decision to publish arose from the fact that not only were these pictures taken on a public beach, but that they were “a lovely set of photos”. She also distances the publication of these new photos from last year’s scandal involving French Closer magazine explaining the aforementioned reasons for excuses for why they thought it was different.
“Kate and William in Mustique – the belly grows” was the headline on the front page of the glossy Chi magazine, which called the holiday “a honeymoon for three”.
The couple are on a private holiday on the island which prides itself on offering celebrities the perfect retreat, where paparazzi are banned. The photographs are believed to have been taken last week.