Palace Fights Release of Kate Middleton's Bikini Photos

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Palace Fights Release of Kate Middleton's Bikini Photos
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Wed, 02-13-2013 - 12:03pm

The pregnant Duchess of Cambridge was photographed in a bikini last week while relaxing on a secluded Caribbean beach with Prince William. The blurry pics offer the much-in-demand glimpse of the royal baby bump. They were also taken on the sly, and will soon be published in Italian and American tabloids -- all without Middleton's permission.

"We are disappointed that photographs of the Duke and Duchess on a private holiday look likely to be published overseas," a palace spokesperson told the press. "This is a clear breach of the couple’s right to privacy."

No one would argue that it's not. But how much privacy is the royal family actually entitled to? In this day and age, photographs of celebrities on private vacations are published all the time. It may not be fair, but it comes with the territory. Why is it a huge royal scandal when it happens to Will and Kate, two of the most recognizable beautiful people in the world?

Royals, Lighten Up! The Palace Fights the Release of Kate Middleton's Bikini Photos- http://www.ivillage.com/royals-lighten-palace-fights-release-kate-middletons-bikini-photos/1-a-521812

Interesting!  What do you think? 

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Registered: 01-08-2009
It's part of St Vincent and the Grenadines.
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Registered: 04-16-2009

Mystique is, I think,  French. France has extremely strict  privacy laws, even stricter than the laws here.

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Registered: 01-08-2009
Every news story I have seen emphasizes that they were on a "public" albeit somewhat secluded beach. The fact that the photographer took the photos covertly and without permission may or may not matter under whosever law Mustique is governed by. I don't know.
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Registered: 04-16-2009
And The couple was in a secluded private beach, not on a public beach. The photographers would have "sneaked" and stalked the couple.
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Registered: 04-16-2009

Actually, in many countries including mine, it is illegal to take photographs of anyone without their permission and then to sell those photographs.   It does not matter if the person is in a public area or not since being in a public area does not imply consent. 

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Registered: 01-08-2009

What grounds do you use to sue someone for taking your picture on a public beach?  What grounds do you have to sue a magazine for legally buying and publishing a picture?   There is no "reasonable expectation of privacy" on a public beach.

The pictures this spring were different, in that she was in on private property with no obvious "viewing areas."  She did have a reasonable expectation of privacy in that situation, and it was violated.

She's chosen a hard life; not one that many of us would want, I think.  All the best to her.

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Registered: 09-30-2011
I think that they deserve the right to some privacy. If they are in a public area, there is an expectation that you will have to deal with photographers. If they are in a private area, than they should have the expectation of privacy.

Chelsea

"Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open."

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Registered: 04-16-2009

It is a gross invasion of this young couple's privacy. They are NOT some celebrity couple put on this earth to make money for some  Italian and American junk mags, to provide entertainment for a bunch of voyeurs. When they are on "duty", snap away. But, when they are on their own time, leave them alone. They are NOT animals in zoo.

Yes, they are a beautiful couple but that is not the point. Treating this young couple as objects to google shows a total lack of respect to the role Prince William will play one day as the Consitiution Head of State of many countries.

Gee, how about stalking the President and taking pictures of his his wife in a skippy bathing suit and then publishing those pictures to entertain the masses?

Personnally, I am sick and tired of this. The Palace should sue those magazines. 

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Registered: 04-18-2012

I don't know that this picture is such a big deal.  The topless ones totally crossed the line, but she is in a bathing suit on a beach  (and if you have seen the pic, it isn't so great- really blurry). Like it or not, they are celebrities and I don't think there is much they can do to stop these things from happening.  The beach couldn't have been too secluded if a photographer found his/her way to them.

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