Prince William and Kate Middleton's Honeymoon Photos Released, Palace Outraged (PHOTOS)
Kate Middleton and Prince William are said to be fuming after their private honeymoon pictures surfaced in an Australian magazine this week.
Australia’s Woman's Day released the photos, which show the newlyweds strolling on a beach and holding hands 15 months ago. William is pictured shirtless, wearing a pair of board shorts, while the Duchess of Cambridge dons a tiny black bikini that shows off her fabulous figure.
It is not clear how a photographer gained access to the pair given the amount of security around them; the Royal Family is also said to be very upset about the leak.
A St. James’ Palace spokesperson told Celebuzz: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s honeymoon was obviously a private occasion, and we would ask people to respect their privacy.”
Several newspapers knew the location of the honeymoon, North Island in the Seychelles, but agreed not to send photographers at the request of the palace.
At the time of their honeymoon, the royal couple made it clear that they were desperate to have a truly private vacation. It is common knowledge that an agreement between respected members of the press and St. James Palace forbids photos being taken of royals in their private lives.
“I’m surprised these have been published given that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were honeymooning at a private resort where they no doubt believed they had a full expectation of privacy,” royal photographer Mark Stewart told Socialitelife. ”I think it’s unlikely they’ll ever see the light of day in the UK in printed form.
This isn't the first time Woman's Day has sparked controversy over the British royal couple. In January, the cover of the magazine showed pictures of Prince William walking hand in hand with Middleton down a Welsh beach.
Clarence House specifically requested British tabloids and magazines not publish the photos, as the royal family considered them an invasion of the couple's privacy.
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