Family of Pippa Middleton Files Formal Complaint Over Racy Photo Publication

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With Prince William and Kate Middleton on a secret honeymoon locale chosen in large part to avoid paparazzi, these media members are under siege in the UK.

A legal battle over publication of racy Pippa Middleton pictures is brewing, with roots dating back to the 1997 death of Prince William's mother, Princess Diana.

The racy photo controversy involves shots of Pippa, Kate's sister and made of honor, sunbathing topless, partying and posing in a series of private moments.

Pippa Photo

The release of the photos prompted the Middleton family to file a formal petition to Britain's independent Press Complaints Commission earlier this week.

That complaint is seen as the first salvo in what is expected to be a conflict between the monarchy and the press as both sides try to establish boundaries.

Prince William and Kate Middleton are determined to live a normal life, and while generally reserved in public, William is fiercely protective of Kate's family.

Joe Little, editor of Majesty magazine, says "We've known for a long time William would not stand for any nonsense regarding his new wife and her family."

Many Britons - mindful of how Diana was tracked by the paparazzi in the moments leading to her fatal car crash - want to oblige William's desire for privacy.

It seems reasonable that the new royal couple, and the rest of the Middleton clan, should be able to move about without facing a barrage of cameras.

Then again, the public eats up all things royal. Where to draw the line? That will likely have to be established in the weeks, months and years to come.

In the meantime, don't expect any vacation pics of Will and Kate.

The prince and his bride jetted off this week to a secret honeymoon spot that royal watchers believe was chosen specifically to keep paparazzi at bay.

[Photo: WENN.com]

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Who sunbathes topless in front of their sisters boyfriend, who happens to be the future kind, their brother, their uncle AND their father? A bit weird if you ask me. Somebody needed attention that day. Poor Pippa

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I think they should leave her alone it is her business not anybody else what she does leave the Middletons alone it is there lioves and how they live it is there business and no one elsers business

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Pippa has done nothing wrong! Shes just being a normal girl and everyone is making a fuss!

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They should be sued back and these Middletons who have been clinging to all things Royal must be thrown in jail...

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"The racy photo controversy involves shots of Pippa, Kate's sister and made of honor..." "MADE" OF HONOR? Seriously? Do you even bother to proofread before posting?

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Too much fuss about Pippa. She is no where near as attractive as Kate. Who really cares what she does.

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I don't think we need to make excuses for her. This family has taken every step possible to ensure their daughter married Prince William. He and Kate were dating when Pippa sunbathed topless so all should have known that was taking a risk. It's no one's business but, again, the Middletons' knew and know the field in which they are playing. And it's a downside to their daughter marrying Prince William.

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@peartree, she wasn't "posing topless." She was sunbathing with her top off so she would get an even tan on her back like many people do. These pictures actually go a ways back so how was she to know they'd be everywhere for everyone to see? It's not like SHE's the one marrying a prince. The media needs to stop immediately.

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I think it is disgusting how these people obtained these pictures and now want to display them for everyone to see. They should look in their own backyards before harassing people who did nothing at all to warrant this kind of publicity. I'm also disgusted how Playboy wants to pay Pippa millions of dollars to pose nude in their magazine. What a disgusting bunch of people. If that were my daughter, I would be so furious. Just leave these people alone and let them live their lives. It is none of anyone's business what they do.

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oooh booo hooo waaaaah waaaaah crybaby!!!!! its her own fault!!! She shouldnt have posed topless or anything if she didnt want anybody to see.