Sept. 17: Gossip magazine Chi hit the streets of Italy today with a special edition featuring the controversial topless pictures of the duchess.
As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge prepared to launch criminal proceedings in France, the gossip magazine Chi hit the streets of Italy today with a special edition featuring the controversial topless pictures of the duchess.
The magazine devoted 20 pages to pictures of the duchess on vacation with her husband Prince William in the south of France and features three topless photos of her on the cover with the headline: “Kate Middleton Court Scandal — The queen is nude!”.
The photos include the duchess sunbathing topless on the balcony and rubbing suntan lotion on her husband’s back. There is also a shot of her back with her hands putting suntan lotion inside her bikini bottom.
Inside the magazine is a column by cosmetic surgeon Paolo Santanche analysing the duchess, as well as two pages headlined “2012 the Year of Scandals”, which includes the recent naked photo of Prince Harry partying in Las Vegas. In an editorial Chi editor, Alfonso Signorini, said the issue is “special” because it is the first time the future queen of England is seen “in a natural way” without the structures imposed by her role.
“What appears on the cover of Chi firstly is a beautiful young girl who is similar to millions of girls around the world who suntan topless,” Signorini said. “Those who are shouting about the scandal today are attached to the idea of a monarchy made up of perfect men and women, who are not human, the product of an imagination that has no connection to reality.”
Signorini also argues that his magazine’s defiance in the face of legal threats is a bid to modernise the monarchy. “No other situation has revived the English monarchy, with its obligations and rigid protocols, more than this,” he said.