Kate Middleton is again in the midst of a brewing photo controtroversy
The Duchess' private paradise island in the Caribbean wasn't so private after all.
The Duchess of Cambridge was holidaying with husband Prince William and her family on the private island of Mustique last week when the long-lens shots were taken.
Italian paparazzi shots set to appear in Chi magazine cause a kerfuffle for the royal parents-to-be, as Duchess Catherine is snubbed by the BBC's round-up of the most influential women in the U.K.
Though Kate Middleton and Prince William were hoping to get away from it all on their sunny vacation on the Caribbean isle of Mustique, problems with the press have followed them from the UK.
St. James's Palace is up in arms over bikini shots of the clearly pregnant Duchess of Cambridge, which it says are an intrusion on the royal couple's privacy.
"This is a clear breach of the couple's right to privacy," a representative said.
Another rep speaking to People Magazine described the violation as "grotesque" and "unjustifiable."
"The incident is reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of Diana, princess of Wales, and all the more upsetting to The Duke and Duchess for being so," the spokesman said.
The photographs are set to be released in Italian magazine Chi, which is owned by the same parent company as the publication which ran topless pictures of the 31-year-old Duchess Catherine sunbathing last year.
The news comes on the heels of another disappointing bit of press for Kate Middleton. The Duchess of Cambridge was omitted from BBC Radio 4's list of the UK.'s most powerful women.
Other celebrities that got the BBC nod include Queen Elizabeth, Stella McCartney, J.K. Rowling, Victoria Beckham, and singer Adele.
Journalist Eve Pollard, who helped put together the list, said that she knew leaving the expecting Duchess of Cambridge off the list would cause a stir. But was a firm on his list saying Duchess may be influential but not powerful yet.
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