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Magazine editor defends Catherine pictures
Feb 14, 2013, 12:02 GMT
A magazine editor has defended her decision to publish photos of a pregnant Duchess Catherine in a bikini.
Australian publication Woman's Day followed in the footsteps of Italy's Chi magazine by showing the images of Catherine relaxing on the beach with husband Prince William on a private holiday in Mustique.
While St James's Palace has condemned the publication of the photos, Woman's Day editor Fiona Connolly claimed a member of the public took the photos and said her readers will 'love' the images.
She said: 'This is not a hard decision about these photos. Kate's on a public beach, there are other holidaymakers there and she looks fabulous. I think the British are very sensitive about this. As Australians, we see this every day.
'We see pregnant women in bikinis on the beach - and a public one at that - so we are a lot less sensitive here in Australia. Our readers are going to love these photos. I don't expect any backlash at all really.
'I think she's looking fabulous and healthy and (with) a beautiful bump, like we haven't seen her before.'
Chi editor Alfonso Signorini also defended publishing the pictures, which he said were bought from a photo agency.
He added: 'They can hardly be considered an invasion of privacy when the subjects are public figures in a public place.'
St James's Palace has described the pictures of Catherine - who was known as Kate Middleton prior to her 2011 wedding - as a 'clear breach of the couple's right to privacy'.
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