More Kate Middleton Topless Photos Reportedly Published


When they return to normal life in England, Middleton as a homemaker and William as an RAF rescue pilot, they will have the support of the royal family, according to a new report in People magazine.

William's father, Prince Charles, and grandmother Queen Elizabeth II "are most definitely supporting [Will and Kate] in everything that they are doing," a palace source is said to have told the magazine for the cover story of its new issue on newsstands Friday.

"If this were Fergie, [the queen] would be livid," Ken Wharfe, a former bodyguard for Prince William's late mother, Princess Diana, told the magazine, referring to Sarah Ferguson, who was caught by hidden cameras herself 20 years ago. "But this is top-drawer royalty: a favorite grandson and his beautiful wife. They live in another world."

The royal family has evoked the memory of Princess Diana, who died in 1997 at age 36 after a high-speed car chase with paparazzi in Paris, in seeking to block the photos and pushing for criminal charges against the unidentified photographer or photographers who took the photos.

"The incident is reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, and all the more upsetting to The Duke and Duchess for being so," the palace said in a statement Friday.

Chi, like Closer, is published under the Mondadori publishing house owned by former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Chi is also the same magazine that, in 1997, published photos of Princess Diana's dying in the Paris crash.

The editor of Chi stood behind his decision to publish the photos, telling the AP that he did not fear legal action and writing on Twitter that "not even a direct call from the Queen" could stop him from publishing the photos.

Likewise, the editor of the Swedish publication denied that the photos are an invasion of privacy for the couple.

"It is nothing new to us to publish nude photos of celebrities on holiday," said Carina Lofkvist, the chief editor of the Swedish magazine, told the AP. "No one complains when they do and we print the photos."

Since the court ruling, the royal family has issued only a simple statement on the topic, in support of the court's decision.

"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcome the judge's ruling," a representative for St. James's Palace said Tuesday.

ABC News' Anthony Castellano, Alyssa Newcomb, Lauren Sher and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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