ST LOUIS (LALATE) – Chi Italy Magazine is publishing Kate Middleton baby bump photos. Chi Italy Magazine was the same magazine that published the Kate Middleton scandal photos in 2012 that prompted royal litigation. But today, Chi is defending its latest round of Kate baby bump images.
Chi Italy is part of Mondadori, a Silvio Berlusconi owned company. In 2012, Berlusconi permitted two publications under Mondadori to run pictures of Kate unclothed inside Chateau D’Autet. This week it’s clothed baby bump photos.
Chi calls the Kate baby bump photos “extraordinary images of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their dream holiday in the Caribbean” . The magazine is publishing the pictures today. It tells news that “The future mum, now in her fourth month of pregnancy, wears a small bikini that enhances her now visible bump.”
St. James’s Palace has yet to indicate to news if the Palace will sue Chi. But in a news statement today the Palace denounced the publication. “We are disappointed that photographs of the Duke and Duchess on a private holiday look likely to be published overseas. This is a clear breach of the couple’s right to privacy.”
In 2012, Chi’s editor told news that there was, in his opinion, some value to running the then Kate scandal pictures. “They are natural pictures, there is no morbidity about them, there is nothing that could affect the dignity of the person involved.”
A court ultimately disagreed. Chi had asserted that the pictures should be run because they are “exclusive” and “scoops”. “I am a director of a newspaper not a supermarket, I don’t sell artichokes and carrots, I sell photographic scoops”. He added “Above all, I published them for various reasons, as a journalistic scoop”.
But over the last decade, Berlusconi’s companies have defended their publication of scandal pictures while Berlusconi has denounced other magazines publishing photos of guests inside his won residence.
In 2009, Niccolo Ghedini denounce that El Pais publication of image of Silvio’s guests was an alleged criminal act. He said the pictures of Berlusconi’s guests “originated in a crime.” He added “Who buys them anywhere in the world is committing a crime, something which should have been clear to El Pais’ journalists.”