Pregnant Kate's "rounded belly" pictures make a splash overseas

Wed Feb 13, 2013 12:59pm EST
 

By Antonella Ciancio

MILAN (Reuters) - An Italian magazine ignored the protests of Britain's royal family on Wednesday to publish pictures of Prince William's pregnant wife Kate in a blue bikini on a private island.

The gossip magazine Chi, owned by former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, defended its decision to splash pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge showing off her "rounded belly" by implying they were taken in public.

"It is not possible to talk about a breach of privacy when public personalities are photographed in a public, open place such as (a) beach, attended by bathers," Chi editor Alfonso Signorini said in an emailed statement.

Wednesday's six-page insert headlined "Kate & William - Honeymoon for three" is not the first time Chi has earned the ire of the British royals. In September it published topless pictures of the duchess, who was known as Kate Middleton before she married a future king of England.

The images, which were condemned by William's office, St James's Palace, as a "clear breach of the couple's right to privacy", show the duchess walking on a beach on the island of Mustique with a visible "baby bump".

"The reportage portrays a couple in love in a happy moment as they walk on the seashore...Where is the scandal?," Signorini said.

In one picture Kate is seen pulling up her hair as she walks on a Mustique beach, an island favored by the British royals for its secluded, palm-fringed shores and a favorite of the Queen Elizabeth's late sister Princess Margaret.

"A rounded belly can now be seen and the princess has a softer silhouette compared to how she was during their honeymoon in the Seychelles in 2011," one of the captions read.   Continued...