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Royal fury as magazine vows to print Kate Middleton baby bump bikini pictures

by Esme Riley Published on 13/02/2013 at 00:00
Royal fury as magazine vows to print Kate Middleton baby bump bikini pictures

An Italian gossip magazine has revealed its plans to print intimate pictures of Kate Middleton.

Royal fury as magazine vows to print Kate Middleton baby bump bikini pictures

Kate Middleton order of the thistle
Kate Middleton order of the thistle

The publication, Chi, will publish snaps of Kate on a recent holiday with husband Prince William on the Caribbean island of Mustique.

The photos - believed to have been taken on a long lens camera - show 31-year-old Kate's baby bump for the first time.

There are also said to be snaps of Kate's sister Pippa in a bikini, who joined the pair on holiday along with brother James and parents Carole and Michael.

St James’ Palace has understandably condemned the magazine for breaching the couple’s privacy.

A spokesman said: "We are disappointed that photographs of the Duke and Duchess on a private holiday look likely to be published overseas.

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

On a website advertising Chi, Kate is pictured on the magazine's front cover in a blue bikini, with a small baby bump on show.

Underneath is the headline: "The belly grows".

Another image shows Wills, 30, walking along the beach with his arm around Kate.

The edition is to hit newsstands tomorrow and will also give details of the couple's luxury £19,000-a-week luxury villa.

It is thought Kate and Wills are still in Mustique, though it's not known whether they've been informed of the images.

The news sparks fresh anger for the royal family just five months after French Closer magazine published photos of Kate sunbathing topless in France.

Chi magazine also decided to run the images - ignoring warnings from Buckingham Palace - and print a 26-page photo special.

As a result, Kate and Wills took legal action against French Closer, winning their case and stopping the publication of any further exposing images of the Duchess.

Esme Riley
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