Once again, paparazzi photographs of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, have been published in a gossip magazine, in a move condemned by St. James’ Palace as a breach of Kate and Prince William’s right to privacy. The photographs were taken whilst the Duchess of Cambridge and her husband were holidaying on the island of Mustique, the BBC reports.

The images reportedly show a pregnant Kate, in a bikini, underneath the headline “the belly grows.” It appears that the couple were unaware that the photographs were being taken and nor did they give their consent to them being taken, or published. The snaps have been published in the Italian magazine Chi. Its publishers, Mondadori have confirmed that the magazine went on sale in Italy today (February 13, 2013). Due to snow-related distribution problems, however, the magazine is not yet on sale in Rome.

A spokesman for St. James’ Palace said last night “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.” Last year, another publication owned by Silvio Berlusconi’s Mondodoni media group – the French magazine Closer – published photographs of the Duchess sunbathing topless whilst she was on a private holiday in France. The publishers were ordered by a Paris court to hand over the original photographs within 24 hours, or face daily fines of $10,000. 

Kate Middleton & Prince William

Kate Middleton and Prince William, posing for photos as Kate leaves hospital after suffering pregnancy-related sickness