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Woman's Day spends up to $150,000 on pregnant Kate photos

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Gossip mag spoils Royal holiday

Italian magazine Chi says it plans to publish paparazzi photos of a pregnant duchess of Cambridge wearing a bikini on a holiday island beach.

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The editor of Australian Woman's Day has defended paying up to $150,000 for a photograph of the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge splashing about in a bikini on a public beach, claiming the image was not taken by a paparazzo but a fellow tourist.

St James's Palace has expressed its disappointment that the images will appear in the media, saying they breach the royal couple's right to privacy.

Several other magazines around the world have also been paying handsomely for the rights to the images, with Italy’s Chi, France’s Paris Match and America’s Star magazine paying what's believed to be a combined $700,000 for the rights to publish.

Picture controversy ... Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

Picture controversy ... Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Photo: Getty Images

British media outlets have restrained themselves, honouring a "gentleman's agreement" with the royal family not to invade their privacy.

"We are disappointed that photographs of the Duke and Duchess on a private holiday look likely to be published overseas," a St James's Palace spokeswoman said in a statement.

"This is a clear breach of the couple's right to privacy."

Magazine row ... the front cover of Chi with the picture of the Duchess of Cambridge blacked out.

Magazine row ... the front cover of Chi with the picture of the Duchess of Cambridge blacked out.

Woman’s Day editor Fiona Connolly is believed to have paid around $150,000 for the Australian rights to the set of 39 shots showing the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with her family, the Middletons, on a private holiday in Mustique, in the Caribbean.

Connolly told PS the photos were taken by "a tourist" and showed a "healthy, happy and glowing mum to be".

Other images in the set include shots of Pippa Middleton, also wearing a bikini, with an unidentified man described simply as her new "boyfriend", which alone would have commanded a handsome price for the photographer.

"There is a huge interest in Kate. Here she is on a public beach mixing with other holiday makers. These photos have not been taken by a professional photographer hiding in the bushes. They are not nude photos taken with a telescopic lens from inside a private villa. These are images showing her on a happy holiday ... and she looks amazing," Connolly said.

"The last time we saw Kate in public she was very ill. She was coming out of hospital, which means there is even more reason to celebrate her looking so healthy and glowing."

Woman’s Day was caught in a three-way battle for the Australian rights to the images, with arch rival New Idea and Who understood to be the underbidders.

85 comments so far

  • did not want to be photographed!, then she should not have been parading around like that.....

    Commenter
    rjpg
    Location
    MELBOURNE.
    Date and time
    February 14, 2013, 6:46AM
    • parading around like that???? What era are you from .... the 1950s?

      Commenter
      karen
      Date and time
      February 14, 2013, 8:38AM
    • Why women waste their money on reading such trash is beyond me. I even avoid flicking through Womens Day and other trashy magazines in a waiting room. People, whether royals or so-called paparazzi should be entitled to go to the beach, shop, walk around or sit on their boat without having their privacy invaded and photographs taken and printed. I don't contribute a single cent to buying such rubbish!

      Commenter
      Michelle
      Date and time
      February 14, 2013, 8:57AM
    • @Michelle - I used to get so bored at the hairdresser... sitting there for a couple of hours with only no idea and woman's fail to read! Now I just take a book, much happier!

      I would never spend a cent on buying magazines either. Even the 'better' ones such as marie claire and vogue are incredibly boring

      Commenter
      Arabella
      Date and time
      February 14, 2013, 9:43AM
    • These mags steal a piece of your soul ...

      Commenter
      sarajane
      Location
      melbourne
      Date and time
      February 14, 2013, 10:27AM
  • While I do not agree to this 'purchase' - people ARE entitled not to have photos taken and then published...

    However, I think it's just a bit silly for the royals to expect anonymity in a public area. If they are that concerned about privacy - then go to a private beach where photography by these types of people will not happen. A bit of commonsense needed really....

    And really... after seeing my own bloated, pregnant belly in all its glory, don't think it's anything special! :)

    Commenter
    10yrswife
    Date and time
    February 14, 2013, 7:02AM
    • If you don't want to have a photo taken of you in a bikini, stop going to a public place WEARING A BIKINI.

      Commenter
      Liz
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      February 14, 2013, 7:03AM
      • And if you don't want men leering at you and harrassing you then don't wear a short skirt...

        Sure, blame the victim.

        Commenter
        Dave
        Location
        St Kilda
        Date and time
        February 14, 2013, 8:55AM
      • It's not blaming the victim. Surely Kate got the message when she was photographed topless in France that she will photographed every time she steps out of her house no matter what she's wearing. I don't want to be seen in a bikini (let alone have the pic displayed on a magazine cover for the world to see) so guess what? I don't ever wear one. I think it sucks that this has happened to her - again - and I think she should be allowed to romp around in a bikini and not be photographed but she's the wife of the future King of England and that life is over for her now whether you agree or not. She has to take responsibility and as I said, if she doesn't want these types of pictures taken, she has to modify her behaviour so that they can't be taken.

        Commenter
        Liz
        Location
        Sydney
        Date and time
        February 14, 2013, 9:24AM
      • Of course it is blaming the victim. Just because something is likely to happen does not make it right. This line of thinking takes us to things like "if a woman is out late at night alone, it is her fault if she is assaulted", or "if a person is carrying a large amount of cash to the bank it is their fault if they are robbed".

        Somewhere in all this we need standards by which normal decent people can live a free life without harassment. And those who break those standards need to suffer a consequence. We seem to have lost that, in the huge push for the media to make money - it is not acceptable for the Royals, or for you or me. No picture should be published without the permission of the persons in the picture.

        How would you feel if a photo of you, pregnant, on holiday found it's way onto the front page of a trash mag??? I feel that you should at least have been asked for your permission to print, otherwise it is an affront to your freedom and privacy and the offender should be fined for doing so, such that it is no longer financially beneficial to do so.

        Commenter
        SarWen
        Location
        Melbourne
        Date and time
        February 14, 2013, 9:55AM

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