Fri September 14, 2012 10:48am
THE Palace is bracing itself for yet another royal scandal with the news a magazine will publish topless photos of Kate Middleton.
French tabloid Closer has bought photographs of the Duchess sunbaking topless at a swimming pool while on a private holiday with Prince William in Provence last week.
A shocked Wills and Kate were told the news and shown copies of the pictures this morning over breakfast in Kuala Lumpur, where they are on a four-day visit.
"Their royal highnesses were saddened to learn about the alleged photos," a royal source travelling with the couple told AFP.
"The incident, if true, turns the clock back 15 years."
The source was referring to the intense media attention on Princess Diana, who died in a car crash while fleeing paparazzi in Paris in 1997.
The monarchy was investigating the authenticity of the photos and would then "make a decision about what to do", the source said.
Closer posted the cover of its latest issue - due to hit the stands tomorrow - on its website today. It features three pixelated shots of the royal couple under the headline "OH MY GOD - the photos that will go around the world".
Underneath, it says: "See incredible pictures of the future queen of England like you have never seen her ....and as you will never see her again."
"At the chateau, Kate was perfecting her tan and (applied) SPF 50 sun tan (lotion), while William was tapping his fingers on a table," the magazine teases in French.
"And to avoid streaky tan marks, Kate thought it all the way through…and took off her bathing suit."
It was not clear whether the publication was running the photographs unpixelated on its inside pages.