Royal honeymoon photo 'upset'

PUBLIC DISPLAY: The kiss on the balcony.
PUBLIC DISPLAY: The kiss on the balcony.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are reportedly "upset" by the publication of photographs from their honeymoon in Australian magazine Woman's Day.

When Kate and William went on the 10-day trip to the Seychelles last year, there had been an unofficial agreement among British news organisations that they wouldn't print or publish photos of them on their holiday, the Daily Mail reported.

But now, more than a year later, Woman's Day in Australia is running a picture of the royal couple walking hand-in-hand along a beach on the front cover of its July 16 edition.

Inside there are another 15 pictures, some showing the couple in the water, as they relaxed on North Island in the Indian Ocean.

In the main photo Kate is seen wearing a tiny black halter-neck bikini with gold detail, while William is in a bright pair of board shorts.

The unknown photographer appeared to have used a long lens, and to have escaped being spotted by the coastguard who reportedly patrolled the beach to protect the couple's privacy, the Daily Mail said.

The Duke and Duchess were said to be "upset", while royal sources had expressed "surprise" about the decision to publish the photographs.

They stressed that the Duke and Duchess' feelings were as strong today as they had been last year. "They feel it is a significant invasion of a very private, special time," they said.

A St James's Palace spokesman said: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge considered their honeymoon to be a very private event after their hugely public wedding. For this reason they asked the media to respect their privacy. That is something they continue to do so."

Australian tabloid magazines have previously published controversial stories about the royals.

In 1993, New Idea magazine, then owned by Rupert Murdoch, scooped the world with the so-called Camillagate transcripts - the intimate phone conversations between Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, with whom he was then having an affair.

The same magazine broke a British media blackout in 2008 to reveal that Prince Harry was fighting with the British Army in Afghanistan - a story that prompted army chiefs to send him home.

- This story has been amended. An earlier version featured a photograph of the Woman's Day cover. It was removed for legal reasons.