Kate and Pippa Middleton Bikini Photos Draw Family Complaints

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By Daniel Gates


The Middleton family has contacted the Press Complaints Commission after two tabloids printed pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge and sister Pippa Middleton in bikinis. The images show the sisters and mother Carole Middleton swimming and sunbathing on a yacht near Ibiza in 2006.

According to the Middletons, the photos’ publication violates PCC code since the vacationing family had “a reasonable expectation of privacy” on the private vessel. Originally taken by a photo agency, the invasive shots were printed in the Mail on Sunday and the News of the World. The later paper advertised its story as “topless pictures of Pippa Middleton,” as she can be seen removing her top in at least one shot.

Both papers have removed the photographs from their websites, although the tabloids and photo agencies could argue that the family was fair game since the photos had already been published five years ago and were therefore in the public domain.

Ten days after the marriage of the former Kate Middleton to Prince William, the family is attempting to establish boundaries of privacy for members including Pippa and brother James Middleton. A separate batch of private photos showing James and Pippa partying and baring skin has circulated among U.S. sites, although British tabloids have agreed not to publish them.

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