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Kate's Topless Photo Scandal

Friday, September 14, 2012


I am going to quickly address the topless photos of Kate that have been published by a French magazine.  It is well known that I do not have a problem with paparazzi photos.  Pictures of Kate on high street are fine to me, pictures of Kate walking the beach, walking in a Scottish park, walking in Kensington Gardens--all fine. Kate topless is not ok. What kind of a society can't make a distinction between snaps of a woman walking a public beach and this kind of invasion of her modesty?  Is chivalry dead in France?

I will not post these photos, and I encourage you all to not look them up or share them either.  Remember that these photos spread on Tumblr, so if you have an account, don't share them! Don't retweet if you see them on Twitter.

Unfortunately, I think this will leave a very unpleasant taste in Kate's mouth toward the public.  The natural reaction to invasions of privacy is to withdraw.

Kate has pulled herself together like a real princess and I think the palace and her grandmother-in-law will be very proud.  As the stony faced Prince William and somber looking Kate boarded their plane this evening, Kate was the one who appeared to be consoling William. A  man's reaction is to protect his wife, and I am sure his anger is through the roof.

Let's try to focus on what was a happy and fantastic tour.


11 comments:

  1. Charlotte (Duchess Kate Blog)September 14, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Very well said Jane.I am absolutely disgusted by this. I cannot imagine how Kate must feel especially in the middle of a tour.

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  2. What an invasion of privacy. It's like saying "Kate Middleton photographed topless in her own shower"!! What she does at a private home amongst her family and friends is her own business. How sad for her and William.

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  3. It is a despicable assault on her dignity. She must feel so violated. Absolutely disgusted.

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  4. I adore Kate and agree that publishing the photos was malicious and tasteless; however, as public figures, William and Kate should know that anything they do will interest at least part of the public- even if they do it in private. Though I realize that sunbathing topless doesn't have the element of taboo in Europe that it has here in the US, I'm still very surprised that Kate and her handlers would even take this risk. I'm sure that she thought that she wasn't being watched or photographed, but the publishing of her honeymoon photos showed that even private resorts aren't always secure.

    My basic point: should the tabloid have published the photos? No. Should Kate be completely shocked? Also no. Should she still sue the tabloid into the ground? If they violated the law, absolutely.


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  5. I adore Kate and agree that publishing the photos was malicious and tasteless; however, as public figures, William and Kate should know that anything they do will interest at least part of the public- even if they do it in private. Though I realize that sunbathing topless doesn't have the element of taboo in Europe that it has here in the US, I'm still very surprised that Kate and her handlers would even take this risk. I'm sure that she thought that she wasn't being watched or photographed, but the publishing of her honeymoon photos showed that even private resorts aren't always secure.

    My basic point: should the tabloid have published the photos? No. Should Kate be completely shocked? Also no. Should she still sue the tabloid into the ground? If they violated the law, absolutely.


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  6. I adore Kate and agree that publishing the photos was malicious and tasteless; however, as public figures, William and Kate should know that anything they do will interest at least part of the public- even if they do it in private. Though I realize that sunbathing topless doesn't have the element of taboo in Europe that it has here in the US, I'm still very surprised that Kate and her handlers would even take this risk. I'm sure that she thought that she wasn't being watched or photographed, but the publishing of her honeymoon photos showed that even private resorts aren't always secure.

    My basic point: should the tabloid have published the photos? No. Should Kate be completely shocked? Also no. Should she still sue the tabloid into the ground? If they violated the law, absolutely.


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  7. Also- would the reaction to the naked photos of Prince Harry be different if they had been taken by a photographer with a long-range lens rather than someone inside the party? He was in a private room of a private resort, too, but the reaction was generally that he shouldn't have been doing what he was doing. Are we saying that they were his fault because he was drunk and partying? Though I realize there was a colossal amount of stupidity involved that night, he was still in a private part of a private resort... much like William and Kate. Why did he get the blame and disgust about those photos when the photographer/tabloid got the blame about the ones of Kate? Seems like a double-standard that hinges on the fact that he was drunk and partying. Should that make a difference?

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  8. I see your points about the care she should have taken after the honeymoon shots. Still, I think there is a difference between a man who plays strip poker with strangers and a woman alone with her husband on vacation. I also think there is a difference between men and women, and women should be protected more than men. I am a fully free and independent woman--I am not advocating being mollycoddled, but Western society used to have a standard that honored and respected women. That was a good thing! We are equal, but different. I can perform my functions at work just as well as a man--sometimes better-- and I expect the door to be opened for me as I leave the building. A society that does not respect its women is a society that is quickly deteriorating. Women should stand up for themselves and for each other. Equality does not mean we are the same and it only degrades us. These pictures should not have been published not just because the situations were different, but because Kate is a woman. And I think William's reaction and the Palace's response bears that thinking out. I am pleased to see the Monarchy has not lost its sense of priorities.

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  9. the photographer should be thrown in jail... for many, many years. and the magazine should be sued for hundreds of millions of dollars. It's really horrifying that this has happened to them

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  10. I don't feel sorry for them at all. Topless sunbathing is totally tacky and she shouldn't have been doing it. I don't know one single person who does it. (I'm British.) In addition, they have everything. They will never have to pay a bill or worry about healthcare, and do you think the word "pension" has ever crossed their minds? For the rest of their lives, people everywhere will fawn over them. They will never have to take a bus or wait in line. Everyone listens when they talk. They have a level of status and prestige that is hardly believable, and they are dripping in enormous palaces, glittering jewels, fabulous designer clothes, and whatever else they want. So their privacy was compromised. Big deal. If she'd kept her clothes on there would have been no story. Their position offers endless comforts. My heart just bleeds.

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  11. I'm the first Anonymous. If I was British (and my tax dollars were paying for the royal family), I think I might feel the same way as you. Americans love the royal family because we got that monkey off our backs a while ago (not that we don't have other monkeys...and circus clowns and other zoo animals running our government). It's probably easier to have sympathy when I'm not one of their subjects.

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