European tabloids continue to be a royal pain in the ass as another magazine publishes some of the now-infamous topless photos of Kate Middleton (aka Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge) sunbathing on the balcony of a French chateau. Fresh on the heels of France’s Closer, Italian magazine Chi has followed through with their plans to publish some of the more than 200 previously unseen Middleton ta-ta pics in their latest issue, which hit newsstands yesterday.
Chi‘s decision to publish the photos comes after it was announced on Friday that the royal family was moving forward with legal action against Closer for publishing the pictures. “St. James’s Palace confirms that legal proceedings for breach of privacy have been commenced today in France by the duke and duchess of Cambridge against the publishers of Closer Magazine France,” Prince William and Duchess Catherine’s office said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the editors of Closer and Chi remain defiant and resolute in their decisions. “For me those pictures are not shocking,” Closer editor Laurence Pieau told The Associated Press. “Just a beautiful couple, an in-love couple in the south of France. Kate is the girl next door.”
Chi chief Alfonso Signorini was a bit less diplomatic, telling a local newspaper, “If I had had more scandalous photos I would have willingly published them.” He also tweeted this weekend about the pending publication of the photos that “not even a direct call from the Queen” would stop the presses.
Here’s a topful shot just before Kate let the girls out:
Meanwhile, William and Kate were photographed earlier today on the island of Tavanipupu where they were greeted by islanders in traditional costume, which included bare-breasted women.