On The Pulse: Should the UK press be free to publish topless photos of Kate Middleton?


The photos, published by French magazine Closer, have caused outrage at Buckingham Palace.


By Lorcan Lovett

Topless photos of Kate Middleton, published by a French magazine, have caused outrage at Buckingham Palace. 

This comes just after Prince Harry was photographed naked at a party in Las Vegas. The Sun was the only national in Britain to publish these pictures. 

With ever-growing caution to the Royal’s private lives, it is reported that the British press collectively declined the Duchess of Cornwall’s topless photos. 

The duke and duchess, who were staying at the French chateau of the Queen’s nephew, Lord Linley, are said to be hugely saddened over the “grotesque and unjustifiable invasion of privacy”.

As the Royal’s liaise with French lawyers to take action, we revisit the provocative clash of privacy and freedom of press.

We took to the streets of Wimbledon to find out: Should the topless photos of Kate Middleton be published in the United Kingdom?

Here’s what the people of Wimbledon had to say:


Rebecca Smith, 22

The press are losing more and more respect as the years go on.  To reinstate that respect, maybe less of the naked pictures.  The press should support that.


Richard Ayer, 44

Shock! Horror! A young man has a good time in Las Vegas!  That’s not news to me.  I don’t know the answer, the press have freedom of speech but they really step over the boundaries with the royals.


Robert Way, 80

They shouldn’t be published.  They should be treated differently to you and I, with a lot more regard and respect.  The UK press are right not to publish them but the French, you can’t help the French.


Jane Burns, 46

It’s an invasion of privacy.  Those journalists wouldn’t like it if somebody climbed over their fence and started photographing them.


Clara Vally, 20

They are entitled to their privacy, you wouldn’t treat anyone else like that so why do it to a royal?


Iris Cheerin, 35

Sunbathing topless in France is nobody’s business but hers and enjoying yourself in Las Vegas is nobody’s business but his. By refusing to publish these Kate pictures, the press are taking a step in the right direction.


Jordan Smith, 21

They’re only human; they go to the loo the same as us. We need to realise that so go for it, publish them.


Azeez Mohammad, 55

The royal family should not be doing these things in the first place.  My grandchildren adore royalty; I can’t show them a picture of Harry with nothing on, it’s a bad influence.


Juliet Urqutart, 36

What they do in their private life is up to them.  If I was Kate I would be very angry; it’s completely out of order.


Adeel Ranjaun, 24

It’s a monarchy and should be left alone.  They represent the higher end, a more traditional sense of Britain.  Basically, they should not be published.


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