THE British royal family has expressed its disappointment in light of news Australian and Italian gossip magazines will publish pictures of Duchess of Cambridge showing her pregnant belly.
Woman’s Day, the Australian magazine who has purchased rights to the photos, won’t be the first to publish the snaps of Prince William’s wife Catherine’s baby bump.
Italian magazine Chi will have already released the images by the time Woman’s Day publishes the 39 images of the Princess, who was photographed while on holiday in the Caribbean.
The photos have rumoured to cost the Australian magazine £100,000 who won the rights after a fierce bidding war with competitors.
Despite protest from the Royal Palace, the editor of Woman’s Day, Fiona Connelly, does not feel the photos breach the privacy of the Princess.
“It wasn’t a hard decision to run these photos,” Connelly said.
“She is on a public beach and she was mingling with holiday makers. There are other holiday makers in the photos.
“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.
“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.”
Last year after a French magazine showed pictures of the Princess topless while on holiday with the Prince an injunction was lodged and the photos had to be handed over.
The Royal family have an unspoken agreement with the UK press which prevents UK press from publishing these types of photos.
“We are disappointed that photographs of the Duke and Duchess on a private holiday look likely to be published overseas”, a spokesman for St James’s Palace said.
Connolly said the same sort of agreement did not exist between Australia and members of the royal family.
“The British have a great deal more sensitivity to royals than we do here in Oz,” she said.