Duchess of Cambridge in another privacy scandal

RACHEL CLUN
Last updated 14:57 27/05/2014
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CHEEKY SNAPPERS: A photo of the Duchess of Cambridge's bare bottom is causing a stir.

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THE SCANDALOUS PHOTO: German tabloid Bild included the Duchess of Cambridge in a bottom gallery.

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The Duchess of Cambridge faces yet another privacy scandal, after a German tabloid published a picture of her naked bottom.

The photograph was taken as wind from helicopter blades lifted up the Duchess' skirt. The incident occurred in the Blue Mountains on the royal tour of Australia, but at the time British tabloids refused to print the photograph.

However, Bild was more than happy to publish the embarrassing picture. It used the image to create an article about the hot bums of summer, and to thank the helicopter for providing the wind to let us get a clear view of Kate's ''beautiful bum''.

The photograph was published alongside two other famous derrieres - those of Kim Kardashian and her sister Khloe.

In the photo gallery accompanying the Duchess' image are photos of other ladies' behinds, Kate being the only royal in the mix.

This is not the first time a photo of Kate has lead to the media finding themselves in hot water with the royals. Even Australian magazines managed to get caught up in royal scandal.

Australia's Woman's Day drew condemnation from the Palace when it said it would publish pictures in February this year of a pregnant Kate in a bikini.

Italian magazine Chi also published the images, which showed the pregnant royal splashing about in a blue bikini, taken while the Duke and Duchess were on holiday.

Woman's Day's editor said the photos were taken on a public beach and therefore it was acceptable to print them. Editor Fiona Connolly told the Herald Sun that Australians aren't as sensitive about the royals as the British, and photographs of people in bikinis are just part of everyday life.

Yet the couple were actually on the island of Mustique, where privacy is so valued that the paparazzi are banned.

St James Palace expressed disappointment that the images would be published overseas. The palace said in a statement that the photographs were a ''clear breach of the couple's right to privacy''.

In 2012 the French magazine Closer published photographs of the Duchess sunbathing topless at a private resort.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sued the magazine for what they described as a ''grotesque'' and ''unjustifiable'' act, hoping to stop the publication from the revealing images. In an angry statement the Palace said the photographs were similar to the ''worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of Diana''.

The magazine's editor was unrepentant, saying the resort's pool was in full view of a public road and easily seen by the public. However, Chateau d'Autet has a secluded woodland setting, and is hundreds of metres from the closest public road - so the royals were in  ''full view'' only as long as they were being viewed through a large telephoto lens.

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