New stress for Duchess of Cambridge as Italian magazine plans to publish pregnancy bump bikini pics
Italian gossip magazine Chi has announced it will print intimate pictures of the bikini-clad Duchess and Prince William on holiday in which Kate's bump is on show.
The photographs, believed to have been taken on a long lens camera on the Caribbean isle of Mustique, have been condemned by St James' Palace which said they were a breach of the royal couple's privacy.
A spokesman said: "We are disappointed that photographs of the Duke and Duchess on a private holiday look likely to be published overseas.
"This is a clear breach of the couple's right to privacy."
The news comes just months after French Closer magazine caused outcry by publishing pictures of the Duchess sunbathing topless during a sunshine break at Chateau d'Autet, near Aix-en-Provence.
Chi magazine defied warnings from Buckingham Palace and printed a 26-page photo special of the revealing snaps, despite the Duke and Duchess taking legal action over the 'grotesque and totally unjustifiable' invasion of privacy.
It's believed the new pregnant bikini snaps could fetch £250,000 if touted around the world. Other snaps are understood to show 31-year-old Kate's sister Pippa in a bikini.
The revelation comes two months after another royal security breach ended in tragedy when nurse Jacintha Saldanha was found hanged after Australian radio station, 2Day FM made a prank call to London's King Edward VII Hospital, where Kate was being treated for severe morning sickness.