Royal Roundup: British Tabloids Remove Kate and Pippa Bikini Photos

Pippa and Kate Middleton (Rex Features via AP Images)

Three British newspapers have agreed to remove website photographs of Kate and Pippa Middleton in bikinis after the Middleton family filed complaints with Britain’s press regulatory agency.

The pictures were taken five years ago when the Middletons were vacationing on a yacht off the island of Ibiza in the Spanish Mediterranean, in a location, according to the complaints, where the family argued it had “a reasonable expectation of privacy.” The Middletons also claimed that their boat was followed.

The Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail and the Daily Mirror disputed that the Middletons had been followed or that they should have had an expectation of privacy, but all three tabloids agreed to remove the pictures, which show Kate and Pippa swimming, diving and sunbathing, along with their brother James and their mother Carole.

The newspapers also argued that the photographs have been printed for years without any problems.

“Nonetheless, the complaint was resolved,” the Press Complaints Commission noted, when the photos were removed and the papers “agreed not to republish them.” The pictures, however, are widely available on the Internet.

You can see how the commission ruled on each of the compaints: Pippa’s against the Daily Mirror, and the Middletons’ against the Daily Mail and The Mail on Sunday. (via BBC News)

In other royal related news: 

• Another photo of Pippa Middleton has been taken down. Two weeks ago, the Queens Head pub in Ampthill put up a picture of Pippa’s famous bottom, but there have been complaints, according to the Bedfordshire News. “We must remember that Ampthill is a historic Georgian market town,” one angry resident wrote in a letter to the pub’s owners. “We don’t want disgraceful pictures of ladies’ posteriors on our pub signs. That sort of behaviour might be acceptable in the fleshpots of Flitwick or Luton, but not in Ampthill.” So the pub management company ordered the Pippa pic taken down and replaced with a previous portrait of Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of Henry VIII, who had her imprisoned Ampthill Park.

• Another member of the royal family has some privacy concerns. Zara Phillips, the Queen’s eldest granddaughter, says she’s very wary of social media. “I think Facebook’s dangerous,” she told The Tatler magazine. “So many people I know get into trouble with Facebook…I’d rather just pick up the phone. Or Skype.” Phillips, who married soccer star Mike Tindall last month, also told the magazine that she and her new husband are focusing on their careers and not thinking of having children right now. “I’d love to have kids, but not at the moment,” she said.

The magazine also asked her why her mother, Princess Anne, decided not to give her or her brother Peter any royal titles.

“I don’t know, actually,” she answered. “I should ask her. I think it was good, though. My brother and I have been able to get on and have been very lucky to do things with our family that other people wouldn’t have been able to do. But then again, we’ve also been able to live a normal life as well.” (via The Telegraph)

• Perhaps not having a title has helped Zara Phillips lead a more normal life. Last week, she was shopping for clothes with her husband when a clerk forbid her from taking more than four items into a dressing room. A customer asked the clerk whether knew that her customer was the Princess Royal’s daughter. “Proving that rugby matters more than royalty in Gloucestershire,” wrote The Telegraph, “the assistant replied, ‘No – but I did see Mike Tindall with her. He’s great.’”

• As predicted, Kate and William didn’t attend the Braemar Gathering this weekend, but the Queen and Prince Philip did show up with Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha. One can only assume a good time was had by all. The Telegraph has this video report:

• The Daily Mail announced that Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie became “Queens for a night” as they showed up at the celebration marking what would have been Freddie Mercury’s 65th birthday. The girls left their fascinators at home. As late as last week, Beatrice was still being criticized for the hat she wore at the royal wedding. Fashion designer Tom Ford told Bergdorf Goodman’s blog that the princess just didn’t know how to wear her Philip Treacy creation. (via ContactMusic)