A Swedish celebrity gossip magazine has just published photos of Kate Middleton topless and its sister publication in Denmark says it will follow suit this week.
The unauthorized Kate Middleton photos have already been widely published in France, Italy, Ireland and on the Internet, despite the royal family's best efforts.
The latest publication in Sweden’s Se & Hor came as French police opened a criminal investigation into whether the infamous pics were an invasion of privacy.
“It is nothing new to us to publish nude photos of celebrities on holiday,” said Carina Lofkvist, the chief editor of the Swedish celebrity magazine, on Thursday.
She said Kate Moss, Demi Moore and Sharon Stone have all done the same thing. “No one complains when they do and we print the photos,” Lofkvist said.
Sister publication Se & Hoer in Denmark will publish the pictures as well; they were offered 240 Kate Middleton photos but decided only to use 60-70 of them.
Both magazines declined to say who specifically sold them the images or how much money they paid to acquire them, but it's safe to say it wasn't cheap.In France, a court ordered police to obtain information on Closer magazine employees after Kate and Prince William filed a criminal complaint against it.
Marie-Christine Daubigney, an assistant prosecutor, said she instructed police to get the names of some Closer employees, including who wrote the article.
Daubigney denied as “completely untrue” media reports that police raided Closer headquarters, but the magazine has been ordered to turn over all copies.
While the royal family has already won some legal victories in a bid to stop the pics, they may be fighting a losing battle at the current rate of dissemination.
The scandal has set off debate over the limits of celebrity media coverage in this age. There are plenty of Kate sympathizers ... and there's Donald Trump.
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