Kate Middleton’s baby bump in a bikini covers the new issue of Star Magazine and also Italy’s Chi Magazine which, last year, broke the European taboo that you’re supposed to give the British royals a measure of privacy at all times.
Back in 2012, Chi went against unwritten protocol that got similar publications shut down in national disgrace by publishing the long lens photos of Middleton changing bikinis on private property visible from a public road. And it’s basically happened again during the royal couple’s vacation in Mustique on the public beach of a private island.
This time, sources claim it was a non-paparazzo who took the photos…just a random person saw the opportunity and sold/ brokered the baby bump photos to Star, in the U.S, Chi, in Italy, and Women’s Day, in Australia.
New photos of the Duchess of Cambridge reveal her four-month baby bump in a five-page spread published by Star magazine on Feb. 13. The pics, which display the couple’s happy [vacation], were taken by a fellow vacationer not the paparazzi.
The photos in America’s Star come the same day as Italian gossip magazine Chi and Australian magazine Woman’s Day both published photos of a bikini-clad Kate with her baby bump exposed.
Chi magazine editor Alfonso Signorini explained… why he decided to run the images in his publication. “The article features photos of a young couple in love as they happily walk along the shore,” he says. “They are images of such unexceptional normality that there is only limited mention of them on the cover of the magazine.”
“Moreover, the photographs can hardly be considered an invasion of privacy when the subjects are public figures in a public place, in the open air. Specifically, on a beach surrounded by other bathers,” he adds.
The couple is staying on the uber-private island of Mustique, which is located off the island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, in a $30,000 a week villa with her parents Michael and Carole Middleton.
“Kate really wanted to get away one last time before the baby is born,” a source tells Star.
Despite the photos being taken by a vacationer, St. James’s Palace still calls them a “breach of privacy,” and UK publications are banned from releasing the photos.
“We are disappointed that photographs of the Duke and Duchess on a private holiday look likely to be published overseas,” a St James’ Palace spokesman [say in a statement]. “This is a clear breach of the couple’s right to privacy.” The statement was released on Feb. 12 after they learned Chi magazine had planned to publish the photos. – via Hollywood Life.