Another Royal Scandal

You’d sort of expect it from Prince Harry-being caught nude on camera, that is. Last month  a few pictures of the royal partying hard in Vegas in a private hotel suite were leaked online, with more of a humorous, lighthearted reaction from the public. It seems many were of the opinion that, what happens in Vegas, should stay in Vegas.

PHOTO: Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, smile as they watch a shark ceremony as they arrive at Marapa Island, Solomon Islands, Sept. 17, 2012.

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But when it comes to the Duchess of Cambridge, nude photos are no laughing matter.

When topless pictures of Kate Middleton hit the European tabloids there was a royal outcry.

According to, “Under the court order, Closer magazine, which first published the photos Friday of the Duchess of Cambridge sunbathing alongside husband Prince William at a private chateau while on vacation, must turn in all digital copies of the photos by noon Wednesday, must not print the photos further and will face a $12,000 fine each time it defies the ruling.”

Well that’s just fine and dandy except one tiny, little detail: this IS the digital world. If those pictures are viral, it would be next to impossible to confiscate every single picture out there.

The argument of whether or not the photographer who took these pictures should be criminally punished is still up for debate.

“It’s not an accessible [view] from the exterior,”Aurelien Hamelle, the couples laywer said of the site, a point contested by Closer’s lawyer Delphine Pando, who said the site is visible from a nearby road.

I am all for couple’s intimacy. But…if I were a royal…the most popular, well-known Duchess in the entire world…I might, you know…think twice about where I were to be intimate. In any way. Unfortunately, the royal family doesn’t have the luxury of privacy-although of course they deserve it! I don’t excuse or think it’s in any way ok to intrude on someone so rudely when they obviously weren’t seeking attention that way.

But I would also make sure that if my name were Kate Middleton, that my crown jewels stayed well-hidden.

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