London: Intimate pictures of Prince William
and Kate Middleton on their honeymoon have been made public by
an Australian magazine, causing outrage in the British
When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge jetted off on
their 10-day romantic break to the Seychelles last year, there
was an unofficial agreement among news organisations that they
wouldn't print or publish photos of them.
But now, more than a year later, Australian magazine
Woman's Day, has decided to splash unauthorised photos across
its July 16 edition. The front cover will show the royal couple walking
hand-in-hand along a beach, the Daily Mail reported.
Inside there will be another 15 pictures, some showing the
couple in water, as they relaxed on North Island in the
The headline on the front 'Our island paradise' wrongly
appears to suggest the couple approved the publication.
In the main photo Kate's bronzed, taut stomach is clearly
on display in a tiny black halter-neck bikini with gold
detail, while search-and-rescue pilot William is seen in a
bright pair of board shorts.
The unknown photographer, who appears to have used a long
lens, seems to have escaped the eagle eye of the coastguard
who reportedly patrolled the beach to protect the couple's
Prince William, 30, and Kate Middleton, 30, married on
April 29 last year.
The Duke and Duchess are said to be 'upset', while royal
sources have expressed their 'surprise' about the decision to
publish the photographs.
They stressed that the Duke and Duchess's feelings were
as strong today as they had been last year."They feel it is a
significant invasion of a very private, special time," they
"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge considered their
honeymoon to be a very private event after their hugely public
wedding. For this reason they asked the media to respect their
privacy. That is something they continue to do so," a St
James's Palace spokesman said.
The publication of the honeymoon photos is likely to rile
the Duke of Cambridge especially, as he has been trying to
protect his new wife from press intrusion following the death
of his mother Diana in a Paris car crash in 1997.
It's not the first time an Australian magazine has got
into trouble with the Royals.
In 2008 there was a 'media blackout' and the British
media officially agreed with St James's Palace not to publish
the fact Prince Harry was serving in Afghanistan.
Story first published:
July 12, 2012 14:53 IST