Disgust over topless Duchess pics

The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton
The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton
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NEWS that paparazzi pictures of Britain’s future Queen going topless have been printed abroad was greeted with horror by Wiganers.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are said to be furious at the publication of secretly taken photos of Kate have been published in the French magazine Closer.

And the Royal couple are not on their own. A straw poll of Wiganers came down emphatically against the privacy intrusion and backed the British media’s collective decision not to run the pictures in their papers.

St James’s Palace described the Closer article as a “grotesque invasion” of privacy, likening it to the “worst excessess” of the press when it hounded the late Princess Diana.

The images were taken while the couple were holidaying in France, Catherine was captured in her bikini in a chateau owned by Lord Linley, the Queen’s nephew.

Closer magazine’s front page shows the Duchess topless on the terrace of the private house where she was staying with William last week. The couple are now on a tour of the Far East.

Further pictures of her sunbathing topless are featured inside, taken with a long lens.

Is it in the public interest to publish the pictures in Britain?

Kitt Green’s Pat Chadwick thinks that some elements of the press have no boudaries over what they write anymore.

Pat, 47 said: “I don’t want to see these pictures. It’s just like when we’re on holiday. You don’t want people taking pictures of you when you’re vulnerable. They should just leave them alone. They’re only human like us.”

Paul Heyes, 44, from Standish said: “Both William and Kate were in a private villa, therefore it should have been totally private. If they were on the beach or on a yacht then fair enough. I think the public will sweep it under the carpet like they did with the Price Harry scandal. They want to protect the Royals because they’re a reflection on us and our country.”

Tony Blair claims to be a royalist and thinks that the pictures have crossed a line.

The 68-year-old from Crooke Village said: “I didn’t have a problem when it happened with Harry. He’s a Jack the lad. But it’s not right when it’s the future Queen. You don’t want a camera stuck in your face every two minutes, do you?”