Despite the fact that the palace has already made good on their threat of legal action against the French publication that ran semi-nude photos of the Duchess of Cambridge, Italian magazine Chi has now come out saying that they’re going to publish them as well.
Chi, which has said that it will publish a 26-page spread including the topless photos on Monday, is part of the same publishing house as Closer, the French magazine that originally ran the photos. The publishing house is called Mondadori, and it is owned by none other than former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. However, Chi has an advantage over Closer in that it probably won’t face legal action. Or at least its editor Alfonso Signorini claims it won’t, because the photos became part of the public domain after Closer published them.
Signorini went on to say this in an interview, in an attempt to rationalize his decision:
“I don’t see anything morbid or damaging in them. Chi pays attention to respecting people’s dignity. I don’t think they hurt Kate’s image.”
Well, that statement reeks of hypocrisy, because if they were in fact paying attention to respecting people’s dignity, they would probably respect their wishes to not appear topless in magazines. This is not just icky, it’s sad — sad for the Duchess that she will have compromising photos floating around in print for a bit and on the internet forever, and sad that people feel the need to invade other’s privacy in order to sell magazines. But that’s just our take on it; what do you think?