Kate Middleton To Ask For Publication Boycott?

OK, it is time for the Royals take off their privileged gloves off. I understand that Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, was photographed topless while privately in the company of her husband Prince William at the poolside and balcony of a private chateau owned by the Queen’s nephew Viscount Linley, in the Luberon region of France. The couple vacationed there before embarking on their Diamond Jubilee tour together. The photographic event is clearly journalistic malpractice. Therefore, my recommendation to Kate Middleton and Prince William is to ask publishers familiar with the offending publication, to publish headlines encouraging reader’s to boycott the newspaper or tabloid that egregiously crosses this very personal private line merely to get a picture. Hence, the call should be upon all media to publish an announcement for the purpose of galvanizing readers to boycott the publication. This goes beyond free speech. It is certainly nothing wrong with publishers policing themselves. That said, here’s the story:

The photos were snapped from a nearby road that is accessible to the public.

French magazine Closer published the photos on Saturday causing shock and dismay among members of the Royal Family.

Ironically, Prince William and Kate Middleton heard about the topless photos as they were stepping out to visit Malaysia’s largest mosque, in central Kuala Lumpur; In deference to local traditions, Kate was almost completely covered in a white dress and a head scarf.

A spokesman for St. James’s Palace expressed the couple’s dismay at the French magazine’s blatant invasion of their privacy in a statement released on Friday, saying, “Their Royal Highnesses have been hugely saddened to learn that a French publication and a photographer have invaded their privacy in such a grotesque and totally unjustifiable manner.”

“The incident is reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, and all the more upsetting to The Duke and Duchess for being so. Their Royal Highnesses had every expectation of privacy in the remote house. It is unthinkable that anyone should take such photographs, let alone publish them.”

In response to this invasion of privacy, Prince William today filed a lawsuit against French magazine Closer, which published topless photos of Kate Middleton, for blatant invasion of privacy. Unfazed, the magazine’s editor, in a subtle hint to the Royal family to back off, has announced they also have intimate (sex?) photos.

“Legal proceedings for breach of privacy have been commenced today in France” said the St. James’ Palace spokesman.

It is not clear, what relief the Royals are seeking with their lawsuit.

Responding to the lawsuit, Closer magazine editor, Laurence Pieau, termed the reaction to the photos as “disproportionate.”

Speaking to the AFP, Laurence made the point, “These photos are not in the least shocking. They show a young woman sunbathing topless, like the millions of women you see on beaches.”

“It is a young couple that has just been married. They are in love. They are beautiful. She is the princess of the 21st century,” Laurence added.

Laurence says the magazine has more photos that it hasn’t gone public with so far, implying that editorial discretion was exercised, and perhaps also hinting the Royal Family to back off.

“I won’t hide the fact that there are more intimate pictures that exist that we haven’t published and will not publish. These images are full of joy, not degrading,” said Laurence.

“The complaint is about a breach of private life and the complainants are Prince ­William and the Duchess,” a judicial source said. A first hearing will be held at Nanterre on Monday when the couple will be represented by a Paris barrister.

France in theory has some of the strictest privacy laws in the world but, in practice, fines are often token.

Laurence Pieau, editor of France’s Closer magazine, who in theory faces a maximum sentence of a year in prison and a fine of 45,000 euros (£36,000), insisted she would fight any legal action, saying: “The photos are not in the least bit shocking.”

But a source close to the royal couple said: “It’s disappointing, it’s very saddening and it turns the clock back 15 years.”

5 Responses to "Kate Middleton To Ask For Publication Boycott?"

  1. Carol   September 18, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    If this is deemed legal, then someone should stake out on these editors and paparazzi and splash their nude shots all over magazine front pages. I’d like to see if they still think these are tasteful images.

  2. Paola Sebastiani   September 17, 2012 at 3:13 am

    This article is right, Kate and William should ask people to boycott the French magazines and all those publishers who ignore journalism malpractice. This bad journalism is not freedom of speech but disgusting voyeurism that makes these paparazzi at the level of sex offenders. The journalist who took those pictures should be sent to jail. Try to steal pictures of naked people there, may be he will get the lesson he deserves!

  3. TinCan2012   September 15, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Is this what the French want to be known for? Certainly seems callous. I do understand that if there is a market for such pictures that Laurence Pieau and her slimey photographer staff will have jobs, but you would wonder why there are not privacy laws with teeth in France.

  4. Marc   September 15, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Who is the photgrapher. He and all like him shoulh be held liable for invasion of privacy.

  5. Love from Australia   September 15, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    shocking and a horrific invasion of ones privacy, the act of love is beautiful but it is not in an outsiders judgement to share with others, its a violation and I hope the royal family succeeds with their lawsuit. Absolutely disgusting what this editor Laurence has permitted.


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