The first photos of Kate Middleton's baby bump reportedly weren't snapped by the paparazzi -- whom are banned on the private island of Mustique where the pregnant Duchess is vacationing. The island doesn't ban tourists with cameras, however, and according to a Feb. 13 report by Daily Mail that's exactly who took the Kate Middleton photos.
The British newspaper quotes the editor of Australia's Woman's Day, which plans to publish the photos, as saying a member of the public took the bikini shots. The camera-wielding tourist was apparently on the same beach as the Duke and Duchess and started snapping. "She is on a public beach and she was mingling with holiday makers," Woman's Day editor Fiona Connolly is quoted as saying.
The photos were reportedly taken on Feb. 5 and were immediately shopped around the world. Of course the British press won't touch them, but they've reportedly been sold in the US, Italy, France, Germany and Australia.
Regardless of who took the pictures, the Palace is infuriated that the press has picked them up calling the pictures a "disappointing" invasion of the Duke and Duchess' privacy.
It was originally speculated the Kate Middleton baby bump pics were snapped by an off-shore paparazzi -- possibly in a boat. But according to Connolly, whose magazine purchased the pictures for print, that isn't the case. Security reportedly patrols Mustique and its coastline for illegal photographers, but apparently they can't stop tourists from taking -- and then selling -- their money shots for six figures.