World News / Topless Kate Photos > According to the latest reports The Irish Daily Star has published pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge sunbathing topless while on holiday.
The pictures appeared on pages six and seven of the newspaper’s Republic of Ireland edition this morning.
They ran under a headline acknowledging the royals were launching legal action against French magazine Closer for printing topless photos of the Duchess on Friday.
St James’s Palace reacted to the news by saying: “There can be no motivation for this action other than greed.”
Northern And Shell, which owns the newspaper, said the pictures were a “grotesque invasion of privacy” but said it had no editorial control over the publication.
Daily Star Sunday editor Gareth Morgan told Sky News: “We’re absolutely horrified here in the office, and as a company. This has no merit as an editorial decision, it has no merit morally, it’s frankly a horrible decision.”
It came as an Italian weekly was preparing to include topless images of the Duchess in a special issue next week.
Italian magazine Chi, from the same publishing group as Closer said it would devote 26 pages to the series of pictures in an edition coming out on Monday.
A version of the front cover of the gossip publication showed some of the photos with the headline “The Queen is Naked!”
“The fact that these are the future rulers of England makes the article more interesting and topical,” editor Alfonso Signori told reporters.
“This is a deserving topic because it shows in a completely natural way the daily life of a very famous, young and modern couple in love,” he added.
The palace said it would not be commenting on any potential legal action concerning the intended publication of the photos in Italy. Agencies