Duchess Kate needs a bodyguard. This is following the release of a photo showing her bare bottom. That photo caused a huge scandal last week. The photo was taken during her recent trip to Australia with William and baby George. Wind caused her skirt to fly up, and the photo was snapped at that moment. The photo landed on the website of a German tabloid, and it is now prompting the hire of a bodyguard to prevent that type of incident from happening again. On June 2, The Christian Post reported on the latest development on this story.
After the huge buzz the scandal brought the royal family last week, it has been revealed that a "female minder" has been hired to make sure no more photos like the one exposing Kate's bare bottom to the world are taken. This is definitely not the first time Kate Middleton has been exposed in such a way by the media. Topless photos of Kate were taken while she was vacationing with William, but a lawsuit was filed over that incident. That lawsuit was won by the royal family.
Diana Morel is the photographer that took the photo of Kate during her trip to Australia. She originally tried to sell the photo to British press sources, but they did not want to touch the photo. It would cause them too many problems with the royal family. A German tabloid, Bild, eventually bought and published the photo on their website. Syracuse.com reported that a lawsuit against Morel or Bild for this photo is not likely to happen.
Morel is trying to make amends though. She has donated the money she made from the sale of the photo to a charity Kate and William supported during their trip to Australia. She said the following: "Kate and William spent so much time speaking to the victims of the bushfires [in Australia] that I decided I would donate any money raised from the sale of the photo to the Blue Mountains Bushfire Mayoral Relief Fund."
Kate Middleton's paparazzi issues are very similar to the issues faced by Princess Diana during her lifetime. The press and their treatment of Diana was instrumental in the car crash that ended her life. The fact that the press is hounding Kate in such a manner is upsetting to the royal family, according to The Christian Post. However, the press is also taking issue with that. On "Today" following the scandal last week, Kathie Lee Gifford played down the buzz surrounding the photo.
Is it really a big deal? Some say not at all, but the royal family is trying to prevent another scandal from happening. Kate's behind being posted online is embarrassing. The photographer just happened to be in the right spot at the right time to snap the photo. Was it right for her to sell it? Probably not. She is trying to make amends by donating the money she earned though. The amount of interest over this photo was something to see last week though. One would think something more than a photo being posted had happened.
It was just one photo though. What do you think? Did the photo need to be the source of such interest? Is it needed for Kate to have a special bodyguard to prevent any more photos like this from being taken in the future? Share your thoughts below.