Several magazine editors are today (Wednesday) defending their decisions to publish the controversial pictures of Kate Middleton and her growing baby bump. The first photos of the Duchess of Cambridge's bump were snapped on a beach on the island of Mustique and released this week in the US and Italy. Fiona Connolly, the editor of Australia's Woman's Day magazine, which also plans to publish the photos, calls the pictures beautiful and admits to Daily Mail there was no debate about printing them:
"There is a huge interest in Kate. Here she is on a public beach mixing with other holiday makers...These photos have not been taken by a professional photographer hiding in the bushes. 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. The last time we saw Kate in public she was very ill. She was coming out of hospital, which means there is even more reason to celebrate her looking so healthy and glowing."
The editor of Chi Magazine had a similar defense after his magazine's printing of the photos prompted a stern response by the St. James's Palace. "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,” Alfonso Signorini tells Hollywood Life. Chi's editor admits the photos were purchased from an international photo agency, but says "in no way (can they) be considered scandalous."
As Examiner.com previously reported Mustique is a private island that bans paparazzi. According to Connolly, the photos of the Duchess of Cambridge's baby bump were actually snapped by another tourist who was also on the beach. They've sold for more $155,000 to newspapers and magazines in the US, Germany, France, Italy and Australia.