Photographers ‘given free rein’ to take topless Kate pictures
Kate was in full view of road and ‘should have been more careful’ according to colleague of photographer who took ‘decent’ pictures
THE PLACE from where a paparazzo is thought to have taken topless photographs of Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, is a public road less than a mile away from the chateau where she was staying. The colleague of another photographer, who took “decent” photographs of Kate with her bikini on, has said the future queen should have known this and been more careful.
Meanwhile Prince William’s decision to “take any action within the law” against the French magazine Closer over the publishing of topless photos of his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, has seemingly done nothing to prevent the spread of the pictures.
Chi, an Italian magazine owned by the same company as Closer, will publish a 26-page photo special tomorrow, containing 50 images from the set.
A spokesman has said The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge “will take any action they can within the law to seek redress”. Apparently, this means that as well as a civil prosecution against Closer, they will also pursue a criminal case against all those involved in publication of the pictures. According to the Sunday Mirror Prince William has told his aides: “I want them jailed”. He is reportedly prepared to testify in court to ensure this happens.
The Irish Daily Star became the second publication to carry the photos yesterday. Editor Michael O’Kane said: “The Duchess would be no different to any other celeb pics we would get in, for example Rihanna.
“She’s not the future queen of Ireland so really the only place this is causing fury seems to be in the UK and they are very very tasteful pictures.”
But a royal spokesman said: “There can be no motivation other than greed.”
Next up for the pictures is Italian magazine Chi, which will publish its special edition tomorrow. The cover is already available online and carries the headline: ‘Scandal at court: the Queen is naked’. Alfonso Signorini, editor of the magazine, which is part of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlsconi’s empire, told The Sunday Times: “Surely it’s unusual to see the future queen of England topless? I think it is the first time in history so it deserves an extraordinary edition.” He says he has 200 pictures of Kate sunbathing topless in his possession.
Although no British newspaper will dare touch the photographs, German and American publications are said to be considering publishing them.
Meanwhile, a paparazzo who took photographs of Kate sunbathing – but not topless – at the Chateau D'Autet in Provence, has said there was no security around the property. Valerie Suau added that she had free rein to do what she liked and that the royal couple were in full view of the road. She describes her photographs as “all decent”.
A colleague of Suau told the Mail on Sunday: “There were other people around, including walkers and cyclists, as well as staff at the chateau.
“The Duchess was sure to have known this, and perhaps should have been a bit more careful about displaying her body in such a prominent position.”
The Mail article includes a picture of the roadside location from where the topless photographs are thought to have been shot with a long lens. There is a clear view of the house, but it is a tiny dot in the distance. Various media reports calculate the distance at between 0.5 and 0.8 miles.
Suau’s photographs, none of which showed Kate topless, were published in local newspaper La Provence.
Her claims about lax security are likely to spark a debate over whether Prince William and his wife can continue to travel with such a small security detail.
Crispin Black, writing in the Independent on Sunday, says: “The Barret M82 sniper rifle, used by the IRA to great effect against the British army in South Armagh in the 1990s, is accurate to 1,800 metres (1.1 miles). British soldiers in Afghanistan have claimed kills at even greater distances – as have the Taliban, who have a tradition of accurate marksmanship.”
Given the range of modern threats, Black concludes, protection officers need to change the way they carry out security surveys. “There is a silver lining, though – if a sniper can't see you, nor can the paparazzi.”