The editor of Chi magazine, Alfonso Signorini has defended the decision to print bikini photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, on a recent holiday to Mustique with her family and Prince William.
The Italian magazine printed the intimate snaps of the pregnant royal in their latest issue which hit the stands today, despite condemnation from St James's Palace. Australian magazine Woman's Day and US magazine Star have also printed the images.
In an interview with the BBC the Italian editor Signorini claimed the images were in “no way” “scandalous.”
"They are images of such unexceptional normality that there is only limited mention of them on the cover of the magazine," he insisted.
"The photographs, which can in no way be considered scandalous, were bought from an international photo agency, do not harm the image of the protagonists and the reaction of the media seems to me wholly over the top."
The Duchess of Cambridge at the National Portrait Gallery last month (WENN)
He continued: "Moreover, the photographs can hardly be considered an invasion of privacy when the subjects are public figures in a public place, in the open air; specifically on a beach surrounded by other bathers."
It follows a similar reasoning from the editor of Woman's Day, who argued that the images were taken by a fellow holiday maker on a public beach and implied the royals should've expected photographs to be taken.
Speaking to Australia's Channel Nine network editor Fiona Connelly denied printing the photos were a breach of privacy.
“It wasn’t a hard decision to run these photos,” she claimed. “[Kate] is on a public beach and she was mingling with holiday makers. There are other holiday makers in the photos. These photos have not been taken by a professional photographer hiding in the bushes."
She added: “They are not nude photos taken with a telescopic lens from inside a private villa. These are images showing her on a happy holiday … and she looks amazing."
Responding to the images, St James' Palace claimed in a statement they were “disappointed” at the “breach of privacy”.
They said: "We are disappointed that photographs of the Duke and Duchess on a private holiday look likely to be published overseas. This is a clear breach of the couple's right to privacy."