We woke up yesterday to the news that a paparazzi had trespassed near the estate in France where Kate and William had been on holiday last week and had taken photos of her sunbathing topless. Those photos had then been sold to the French Closer Magazine.
A magazine that claims:
The photos we selected are by no means degrading. They show a young couple on vacation, beautiful, love, modern in their normal life
That “claim” makes me even more angry than the photos themselves. It is about degrading, it is about privacy and circulation figures.
I sparked a bit of a debate on Twitter with this Tweet:
“Prince William wants to protect his wife”Well he might start by handing her a bikini top would be my suggestion.
— MummyBarrow (@MummyBarrow) September 14, 2012
Some followers told me that it was a private estate and shouldn’t she be allowed to behave how she likes in private?
I agree. She should be able to but unfortunately, in reality that just isn’t viable anymore.
Whilst there are gutter publications prepared to sell their soul to the devil in exchange for increasing the editor’s pension certain people will never be totally in private. Primarily the Royals. There will always be a photographer with a ladder and a zoom lens happy to sell their soul too.
Of course Kate should be entitled to be able to do as she wishes, and if that means sunbathing topless whilst on holiday, so be it. But she is fast becoming the most photographed woman on the planet and it is naive to think that paparazzi weren’t looking for an opportunity such as this.
William, of all people, knows how far photographers will go to to get the £10K shot. He has made no secret of his belief that the paparazzi are to blame for his mother’s death.
Kate has had all sorts of lessons on etiquette and “The Firm”, I am surprised therefore that she was not told that her days of being able to sunbathe topless are behind her.
It is absolutely right that the Royal Family sue over the photo’s publication. But it is also right that Kate realises she can’t do this anymore.
Which is sad but just as the Royal Family have their traditions and will never change, nor will the paparazzi. And I think it will be easier for Kate to change than it will some low life with a lens out to make a quick buck.
What do you think?