Ireland’s The Irish Daily Star has followed the lead of France’s Closer magazine and published topless photos of Kate Middleton, taken while she was on vacation with husband Prince William in the French Alps.
The newspaper’s Republic of Ireland edition printed the photos — not the edition for Northern Ireland, which is part of the U.K.
The newspaper’s editor, Mike O’Kane, said he published the photos as “a service to our readers” and that he was “taken aback” by the backlash.
He said, “The duchess would be no different to any other celeb pics we would get in, for example Rihanna or Lady Gaga. She’s not the future queen of Ireland so really the only place this is causing fury seems to be in the U.K. Everybody in Ireland wants to know what all the kerfuffle is about.”
He also told the BBC, “She’s married into the royal family, she’s one of the most photographed people in the world, and she decides to partially disrobe on a balcony where it can be seen from a public road and she’s stunned now, or the Palace are annoyed that people are interested in this.”