What Kate Middleton Wants You to Forget About Her Past
The British Royal Family is perhaps one of the most prestigious and renowned family’s around the globe. For over almost 70 years, Queen Elizabeth II has ruled her family with an iron fist, demanding grace, elegance, and regality. Despite the queen’s traditions and rules, the Windsors have not been without their scandals. They’ve dealt with the queen’s former son-in-law fathering a child outside of his marriage, the implosion that was Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and of course, Prince Harry’s party-boy days among others.
Still, the modern royals, Prince William, Duchess Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, and Duchess Meghan Markle have ushered in a new era, of glam, grace, and approachability when it comes to the sometimes stuffy royal family. Since she began dating Prince William in the early 2000s, Kate Middleton, in particular, has been beloved for her fashion sense, kindness, and poise.
Unfortunately, the glaring spotlight and the wrath of the public has not always been kind to the mother-of-three. There is one thing in her past that the Duchess of Cambridge would like to forget ever happened.
A gross invasion of privacy
In 2012, just one year into her marriage to Prince William, Duchess Kate Middleton was shown just how deplorable the paparazzi could be. Though she had dealt with publicity for almost a decade previously, a vacation to Provence, France proved that she would never truly have privacy again.
While on vacation with her husband, the duchess was sunbathing topless at a private villa. Some creepy photographers spied on her and snapped some rather sensitive photos of her during her private time. The photos were published in the French magazine, Closer, while other bikini shots landed in the French newspaper, La Provence.
The Royal Palace, Middleton, and Prince William were outraged. They compared the incident to what the paparazzi did to the late Princess Diana as she laid on the ground dying. Luckily, the French government stood by the royals and launched an investigation into the photographers and in 2017, six men were prosecuted.
Prince William said in a statement that read at the trial, “My wife and I thought that we could go to France for a few days in a secluded villa owned by a member of my family, and thus enjoy our privacy. We know France and the French, and we know that they are, in principle, respectful of private life, including that of their guests. The clandestine way in which these photographs were taken was particularly shocking to us as it breached our privacy.”
Another topless scandal
Unfortunately, this would not be the first time a royal was photographed topless. In 1992, Sarah, Duchess of York, was caught on camera topless with oil tycoon, John Bryan. Bryan was also sucking Fergie’s toes in the pictures. The royal family found out one morning over breakfast after the photos were published in the newspaper. As a result, Fergie’s six-year marriage to Queen Elizabeth’s son, Prince Andrew came to a screeching halt.
It’s terrible that the paparazzi and some media outlets have forgotten that members of the royal family are also human beings.