Prince William’s fury after Irish paper publishes topless pictures of Kate
Prince William’s fury after Irish paper publishes topless pictures of Kate
PRINCE WILLIAM was in talks with Royal lawyers last night after failing to block further publication of topless pictures of his wife Kate.

The Royal couple smiled for photographers as their Far East tour continued with a trip to the Borneo jungle.

But they were privately seething after an Irish newspaper published the topless photos taken of Kate on a recent holiday in France.

The decision by the Irish Daily Star infuriated the Royal couple and they were further incensed when Italian magazine Chi – owned by former PM Silvio Berlusconi – said they would publish the shots tomorrow.

They plan to run a 26-page special with the cover headline: “The Queen is naked!”

Irish Daily Star editor Michael O’Kane defended his decision which was slammed by St James’s Palace as being solely motivated by “greed”.

O’Kane said: “The Duchess would be no different to any other celeb pics we would get in, for example Rihanna or Lady Gaga.

“She’s not the future queen of Ireland so really the only place this is causing fury seems to be in the UK.”

The Dublin-based title is a joint venture between Northern & Shell – the publisher of the UK Daily Star, owned by Richard Desmond – and Ireland’s Independent News and Media.

Desmond said he was “profoundly dismayed” at the newspaper’s decision and he planned to end his links to the paper.

He added: “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 & Shell condemns it in the strongest possible terms.”

A Northern & Shell spokesman branded the pictures a “grotesque invasion of privacy” but said they had no editorial control over the Irish publication.

The pictures of Kate sunbathing topless at a chateau in Provence were first published by French magazine Closer.

The paparazzo shots were taken from at least 300 metres away as Kate and William enjoyed a private break at the secluded property owned by the Queen’s nephew Lord Linley.

After the pictures appeared in Closer, the palace released a statement comparing the shots with “the worst excesses of the paparazzi during the life of Diana, Princess of Wales”.

The palace last night condemned Chi’s special edition featuring the photographs.

A spokesman said: “Any such publication would serve no purpose other than to cause further, entirely justifiable upset to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.”

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