Kate Middleton Baby Bump Photos Anger Royal Family

Kate Middleton had baby bump photos published after photographers caught her bathing in a bikini while on vacation, and the royal family is reportedly irate at the intrusion.

The point of contention is that Kate Middleton’s baby bump photos are being published in the same Italian gossip magazine that published topless pictures of the Duchess sunbathing last September, Gawker contends.

The magazine, Chi, is actually owned by former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Mondadori group. The latest round of photos found a pregnant Kate Middleton sunbathing in a bikini during a private holiday with Prince William, the UK’s Guardian reported.

The royal family is looking at Kate Middleton’s baby bump photos as a “a clear breach of the couple’s right to privacy,” a spokesperson said.

“We are disappointed that photographs of the Duke and Duchess on a private holiday look likely to be published overseas,” a St James’s Palace spokeswoman said in a statement to AFP.

Due with her first child in July, Kate Middleton will make her second “official” appearance on February 19, visiting a home for women recovering from alcohol and drug addiction.

Chi magazine offered a preview of the cover, which shows Kate Middleton and Prince William in swimwear on a beach on the island of Mustique. Above a picture of Kate in a blue bikini is a headline that reads: “The belly grows.”

Meanwhile, all of Britain’s news and tabloid outlets have refused to run the Kate Middleton baby bump photos. The editors at the Mirror even declined to so much as look at them, New York Magazine noted.