Perhaps the most egregious act occurred in Australia, a member of the British Commonwealth and titularly still under the rule of the British crown.
Australia’s Woman’s Day magazine and American magazine Star, have joined Italian magazine Chi in publication of the photos. The images are far less revealing than photos published last summer that showed Kate sunbathing topless in France.
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In fact, the photos are rather touching. They show Kate and husband Prince William walking hand-in-hand on the beach. No private parts are revealed. Still, Buckingham Palace considers the photos a gross invasion of privacy.
The most compelling argument in favor of publishing the photos holds that Kate and William are public figures.
“The problem with ‘privacy’ in relation to the Royal family is that they are in the public eye, they live on public money, but they also want personal privacy, and perhaps you cannot have both,” the London’s Telegraph newspaper said in an editorial.
Fiona Connolly, editor of Australia‘s Woman’s Day, said the decision to run the photos was easy to make.
“She is on a public beach and she was mingling with holiday makers. There are other holiday makers in the photos. It’s a very different situation to the nude photos, there is no photographer hiding in the bushes and she is not inside a private villa,” she told the Daily Telegraph in Sydney.
The crown still has considerable influence in Australia. In fact, in 1975, the place had the power to dismiss duly elected Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. He was fired by the Queen’s representative Governor-General Sir John Kerr.
Whether Connolly’s decision to publish the photos has any royal repercussions remains to be seen. But the Aussie magazine has routinely covered the royal couple and published “exclusive” beach photos from their 2011 honeymoon. Talk about an invasion of privacy!