Royal Fury: ‘Star’ Magazine Publishes New Photos Of Kate Middleton’s Baby Bump In A Bikini

Gabrielle Chung / February 13, 2013

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The American tabloid magazine Star faces royal condemnation Wednesday after it published photos of a pregnant Kate Middleton clad in a revealing bikini while holidaying with Prince William on Mustique, a small private island that is part of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

In a shock move, the publication splashed the contentious images across its cover under the headline “Exclusive Royal Photos: Kate Shows Off Baby Bump!”, despite St. James Palace releasing a statement Tuesday saying it was “disappointed” that the pictures had been printed in Italian tabloid Chi.

The monarchy called the images “a clear breach of the couple’s right to privacy.” (Click to Chi’s parent website, Mondadori.com, to see the magazine cover; the magazine is the same Italian tabloid that published a 26-page spread of Kate’s topless photos last September.)

According to royal watcher Tom Sykes, the publication of the images will “devastate” William and Kate, with the pair having hoped legal action against French publication Closer last year would scare off such behavior.

“The fact that a photographer has been able to get close enough to take these new pictures will be a huge blow for  privately owned Mustique, which has thrived on its reputation as a papparazzi-free enclave,” Sykes wrote on The Daily Beast.

He added, “Mustique is as famous for its white-sand beaches as it is for the omertà that ensures that very little celebrity tittle-tattle ever makes it off the island. The Mustique Company boasts that it is ‘dedicated to protecting the island’s privacy.'”

[inlinecmp pos=”left” id=”0″ type=”14291822:0″]”As in previous years, the island will have been more or less locked down for the  royal visit, and other guests at the Caribbean hotspot will have faced a range of (futile) strictures to protect the Middletons’ privacy, including a ban on using the souped-up golf buggies (or “mules”) that are the main form of transport on the island.”

The mom-to-be was reportedly staying at a $25,000-a-week villa with her husband, while her family — including her parents and younger sister Pippa — was also vacationing in a nearby property.

The Duchess has been keeping a low profile since her pregnancy was announced last December after she was hospitalized with severe morning sickness. She is set to make her second official appearance since the baby news at a London charity on Feb. 19.

St. James Palace — Middleton and William’s official residence — has yet to say if legal action will be taken against any magazine that publishes the baby bump photos.

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