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Royal Roundup: Kate and William’s Successful Trip, Dogged by Photo Scandal Half a World Away
William and Catherine are back home after attention in their southeast Asian Diamond Jubilee tour was largely overshadowed by international interest in the publication battles over topless photos of the Duchess.
On Tuesday, a judge in Paris banned publication in France and ordered the magazine Closer to hand over the photos.
Meanwhile, reports BBC News, French prosecutors are weighing possible criminal charges.
While no British paper has published them, the pictures have run in France and in Italy – in both cases in magazines owned by former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi‘s media conglomerate.
On Wednesday, a Danish celebrity magazine became the latest outlet to run the photos. The magazine’s editor said he was “incredibly proud.”
“Our readers love to follow the lives of the royals, and they want scoops.” he said on the magazine’s website. He said it was news because the photos are something “the whole world is talking about but very few have actually seen.”
BBC News reports that St. James Palace says “proportionate responses were under review.”
The Irish Daily Star also ran the photos, and its editor was then suspended.
In other news about Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge:
• Catherine is getting high marks for handling the royal tour while the photo scandal broke. “For a young woman new to the game, who finds herself at the centre of a distressing privacy row being played out on the other side of the world, the test is all the harder,” wrote the Telegraph. “In the past week, the Duchess of Cambridge has performed superbly on successive stages in Singapore, Malaysia, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu, speaking confidently, looking radiant and continuing the celebrations of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in a thoroughly fitting manner.”
• In Maylasia, Catherine delivered her second public speech, her first on foreign soil, at a hospice. The Huffington Post reported that she wrote the speech, about the importance of palliative care, herself. The Duchess had specifically asked to visit the hospice, one of only a very few in Malaysia.
• And finally, on a light note, The Duchess Diaries have an exclusive royal beauty scoop. There was lots of talk before the royal wedding about the skin regimens that Kate was undergoing in preparation for her big day. In particular, there was intense interest in a form of bee venom that she applied to her skin, on the recommendation of the Duchess of Cornwall. Kelly Lynch scored an exclusive interview with the woman behind the bee venom, Deborah Mitchell, the owner of Heaven Skincare. Take a look:
Deborah Mitchell will be visiting the East coast in November. For details, go to The Duchess Diaries.