The tabloids are nasty business, and they were just as bad when the late Princess Diana was alive.
Also, if you’re here for topless photos, you’re out of luck. We won’t be including them in this story.
Back in 1996, a couple of paparazzi from the Daily Mirror managed to snap a picture or two of the princess sunbathing without a top on.
Speaking in his soon-to-be-published memoirs, The Glossy Years, Conde Nast chairman Nicholas Coleridge has revealed how Prince William reacted when the ‘topless sunbathing’ scandal broke.
The Daily Mail – who maintain that they didn’t publish the pictures themselves – has more:
Nicholas recalled how the late Diana visited him for a lunch at Vogue House amid the picture scandal, and revealed that a distressed William, then 14, had called her from Eton.
Writing in the Daily Mail, Nicholas remembered how she visited him the week that pictures of her sunbathing topless on a Spanish balcony were published, and said: ‘Nicholas, can I ask you something?
‘Please be truthful. Did you see the photograph of me in the Daily Mirror? The topless one?’.
She continued of William, then 14: ‘He was so upset. He said some of the boys were teasing him saying my t**s are too small,’ before adding: ‘Are my breasts too small, do you think?’.
Revealing how he went ‘breathless and as red as a guardsman’s tunic’, he reassured her that her breasts were ‘perfect’, and told her not to worry’.
I feel like that was a private conversation that he probably shouldn’t be repeating.
Also, kids are cruel.
The tabloids have continued to hound the family. In 2017, Prince William sought £1,3 million compensation over topless photos of his wife, Kate Middleton, which were published in French Closer magazine in 2012.
The case dated back to September 2012 when William and Kate were pictured relaxing on the terrace of a chateau belonging to the Earl of Snowdon, William’s cousin and the late Princess Margaret’s son, in the southern region of Provence.
Long-lens cameras captured Kate topless, while only wearing a pair of bikini bottoms.
One particularly intimate image showed William rubbing suncream into his wife’s skin, and was said to have caused particular upset.
They won the case, but only received a fraction of what they asked for in damages.
Perhaps one takeaway here is, next time you’re looking at a naked picture of someone, taken without their consent in a tabloid, just remember that they could well be someone’s mum.
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