St James’s Palace, which represents the royal couple, is furious after pregnant Kate Middleton was snapped with her bare baby bump exposed on vacation to Mustique with her husband Prince William — and Italian gossip magazine Chi featured the pics on the cover of their magazine.
The palace said the photos, which were taken on the island of Mustique — an exclusive resort island — were a “breach of privacy.”
‘We are disappointed that photographs of the Duke and Duchess on a private holiday look likely to be published overseas’, a spokesman added.
Chi is infamous for running salacious paparazzi shots that few other publications will touch, including a number of Royal ‘exclusives’ that have caused international outrage.
In 2006, the publication used images of the dying Diana, taken by one of the photographers who had pursued her before the fatal crash in 1997.
Chi is published by Italian media giant Mondadori and has a circulation of 218,262. It is controlled by Fininvest, Silvio Berlusconi’s family holding company.