Topless Pippa Photos Ignite Fresh Paparazzi Debate

Middleton family files legal complaint over topless sunbathing pictures
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 11, 2011 12:19 PM CDT
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 30: (L-R) Carole, James, Michael and Philippa Middleton depart the Goring Hotel in London on April 30, 2011 in London, England.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – As Prince William and Kate Middleton honeymoon in a secluded spot, the paparazzi who stalk them are back in the spotlight. The Middleton family, prompted by the publication of 5-year-old photos of bridesmaid Pippa Middleton sunbathing topless with Kate and Prince William on a yacht (not to be confused with the scandalous photo of the royal sister dancing in a bra), has filed a formal petition to Britain's independent Press Complaints Commission. With these photos surfacing just days after news that gruesome photographs of the late Princess Diana will appear in a documentary at Cannes, some in Britain are wondering if media coverage has gone too far.

Many Britons, mindful of how Princess Diana was tracked by the paparazzi in the moments leading to her fatal car crash, want the new royal couple, and the rest of the Middleton clan, to be able to move about without facing a constant barrage of flashing cameras. The prince and his bride jetted off this week to a secret honeymoon spot that royal watchers believe was chosen specifically to keep them out of the lenses of the paparazzi. An editor at Majesty Magazine said, "We've known for a long time William would not stand for any nonsense regarding his new wife and her family." (And in other royal family-related news...)

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