An Australian newspaper is coming under fire for publishing a photo of Duchess Kate Middleton that was originally published in the German tabloid, Bild, The Independent reported Thursday. The offending photo shows Middleton's bare buttocks as a gust of wind blew up her skirt.
The Independent headline read, "Duchess of Cambridge red cheeked again as Murdoch-owned Australian newspaper publishes bare bottom photos."
The Royal Palace labeled the photo a "grotesque" invasion of property.
On Wednesday, an Independent columnist blasted the decision to publish a revealing bare buttocks photo of Duchess Kate Middleton in the German tabloid Bild as well as the Sydney Daily Telegraph.
The headline in Wednesday's Independent read, "Kate Middleton in Bild: We should be outraged by all upskirt pictures
"On both sides of the palace gates, these sorts of photos are used to bully and manipulate women."
Columnist Gwendolyn Smith wrote that the case is a good example of the objectionable of women.
"Unfortunately, instead of using the Kate affair to discuss how such photographs objectify women, some publications have opted for lengthy analysis of other key issues, such as whether or not the Duchess was wearing knickers, and the manner in which she’s cultivated such shapely buttocks," she wrote.
The photo of Middleton with her bare bottom exposed was published Wednesday in an Australian newspaper following its debut Monday in the German tabloid, Bild, MSN News reported.
Rupert Murdoch's Sydney Daily Telegraph was the second publication to publish the photo of the Duchess's bare buttocks.
Photographer Diane Morel took the controversial photo and almost deleted it before realizing what she had captured.
"It wasn't until I got home and I popped my camera card into the computer that I realized what I had captured," the 47-year-old said, promising to donate any money raised from the photo's sale to a bush fire relief fund.
The Bild photo of the Duchess of Cambridge, was taken during the Royal tour of Australia. The photo is being called Middleton’s “Marilyn Monroe moment,” with comparisons to Monroe’s famous photo of her dress being blown up by a gust of exhaust from a subway grate.
A video report on the Duchess Kate controversy is on the left but the Examiner.com is not publishing the photos. If you wish to view the Bild photos for yourself, beware that they are NSFW. Do not click through to the Bild site if you are at work or if there are children nearby.
The photo was taken as Prince William and Kate were visiting the Blue Mountains near Sydney. A gust of wind from a helicopter blew the Dutchess’s Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress and exposed her buttocks.
Bild published the revealing picture next to photos of reality TV stars Kim and Kloe Kardashian, who were photographed in similar positions.
The photo caption read, : “Khloe, Kim and Kate – backsides which have moved us these past few days.”
So far there is no reaction from the Royal Palace but two years ago, the royal couple sued French magazine Closer for running topless photographs of the Duchess, taken as the couple vacationed at a French resort.
A spokesman for the Royal Family called the photos a “grotesque” invasion of privacy.
Bild is clearly having fun with the controversy writing: “A bootylicious bum is causing a stir – what a view on the royal backside! This photo was taken in Australia of Duchess Kate's bum. The helicopters rotary blades lifted her dress, revealing her bare back. BILD showed the photo, British media reported on it. And the Brits were a bit BUMmed that we showed Kate in that pose.
“Hey, don't get too upset about it – we don't want to take your Kate away. We also have amazing backsides in this country – and would like to show you now!”
On Tuesday, most readers of the Independent expressed little sympathy for Duchess Kate. That story is here: Kate Middleton Bild: NSFW photo of bare bottom published by German magazine
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