Kate can be forgiven for her innocence, but the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's minders can not. Topless sunbathing is often the norm on the French Riviera. It is well known to paparazzi too. They earn a good living by taking pictures of famous women with their tops off - and if the paparazzi know, St James' Palace should know it too.
Meaning: they should have warned William and Kate when they embarked on their short holiday trip to the Côte d'Azur, where they stayed at Viscount Linley's holiday home. Warned them that photographers could and would be anywhere anytime, warned them about doing a 'Harry' - exposing body parts that should not be shown in public - including a backyard or swimming pool.
There is no such thing as privacy there, as William's mother Princess Diana already experienced on numerous vacations more than 15 years ago. The Grimaldi's of Monaco know this as well as Prince Albert has been photographed frolicking with women, and Princess Caroline's sons have been snapped with their pants down while they were changing after a swim.
So many precedents and still the Duchess of Cambridge, now on tour with William in Malaysia, was caught on camera. Disrespectful and an invasion of her privacy as these pictures a French magazine published Friday may be, they could have been prevented with a little common sense.
French privacy laws by the way are far stricter than British laws; the Duchess could successfully take the magazine to Court. But that won't prevent the photos from being shared with a world wide audience. © HJ; Photo by © GPD AP