Meghan Markle Nude Photo: Leaked Pictures Showing Prince Harry’s Girlfriend Naked Is Reminiscent Of Kate Middleton’s Topless Leak

Meghan Markle was seen nude in a photo leaked this week, an incident that has drawn controversy and comparisons to the nude photo leak that struck Kate Middleton more than four years ago.

There had been rumors for the last week that someone was shopping around naked pictures of Prince Harry’s new girlfriend, ones taken while she was on vacation in 2005 with then-boyfriend Trevor Engelson. The pictures allegedly showed Markle topless on a beach.

Radar Online published a censored version of the Meghan Markle nude photo, saying that the photo had the potential to end the relationship between the actress and Prince Harry.

“Better not plan for another royal wedding just yet. RadarOnline.com has obtained a bombshell leaked photo of Suits actress Meghan Markle that could end her relationship with Prince Harry once and for all!”

There had already been renewed interest in Meghan Markle’s past nude scenes since she started dating the royal. In the days after she and Harry first went public, a years-old nude scene from her show Suits went viral.

“Prince Harry’s girlfriend Meghan Markle is certainly going to be raising eyebrows within the royal family, as footage of her stripping off for a sex scene has emerged,” the Mirror reported after the footage resurfaced.

But the scene from Suits was of a very different nature than the leaked nude photos of Meghan Markle, which appeared to be taken without her knowledge. It was actually more reminiscent of the nude photo leak that hit Kate Middleton in 2012, with a French tabloid publishing pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge sunbathing topless while on vacation. The pictures were taken from afar, and their release sparked an international controversy.

At the time of Kate Middleton’s nude photo leak, the royal family drew a bit away from the spotlight and rallied around the Duchess of Cambridge. Sources said Prince William was furious over the French tabloid’s decision to publish the naked photos of his wife.

“As you can imagine, William was upset about the situation,” Omid Scobie, Us Weekly‘s European bureau chief, told E! News after William and Kate got news of the photo leak during a visit to Asia.”For the rest of Kuala Lumpur it was clear William was angry,” says Scobie. “The news of the scandal had really got to him. He was not as comfortable as he has been on previous occasions. When he was around the press, especially the photographers, he had clenched fists and gritted teeth. He was not comfortable being exposed.”The photos eventually led to legal problems for Laurence Pieau, the editor of French magazine Closer that first published Kate Middleton’s nude photo.

“Pieau faces an alleged breach of France’s strict privacy laws and now will take part in a trial alongside two other photographers and her publishing director, Ernesto Mauri,” E! News reported.

And there is even some doubt as to whether the nude photo of Meghan Markle are actually legitimate. Gossip Cop, a site that debunks celebrity tabloid reports, claims that the naked pictures of Prince Harry’s girlfriend published by Radar Online are not real.

“But it seems neither outlet bothered to investigate whether the photo is authentic. Now Gossip Cop is told it is NOT. ‘It’s absolutely not her,’ says our contact. While obviously somebody is legitimately pictured in the nude, any site proclaiming it is Markle topless is spreading fake news.”

There is at least one major difference between Kate Middleton’s 2012 photo leak and the nude pictures of Meghan Markle. While the royal family very publicly attacked the publications for Duchess Kate’s photos, they have been largely silent on Markle’s situation.

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