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Royal baby bump blunder on TV show

When Italy’s weekly gossip rag Chi – that ends up more in hairdressers salons – than on living room tables, reiterated their act – they had already published photographs of a topless Kate Middleton last September - but this time showing two photographs of the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge in a blue bikini walking along the beach with William in the Caribbean island of Mustique and displaying her tiny baby bump, the Royal Family went ballistic again against the tabloids.

"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," a spokeswoman from St. James Palace said in an official statement.

For people living outside the UK it’s hard to understand what all the fuss is about regarding the two very innocent photographs, but apparently the question has its relevance as also TV show, This Morning, came under attack for displaying the photos while discussing the latest news headlines.

Toeing the “gentlemen’s agreement” line that the press has with the royals out of respect for their privacy, the talk show hosts were criticizing the Italian publication and former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi who owns the publishing company – and who just happens to be up for general re-election next week, they inadvertently flashed the cover of Chi without blacking out the shots.

Realizing their blunder, host Eamonn Holmes made a public mea culpa apology, "Unfortunately we accidentally showed an unblurred image of the magazine cover which briefly show the photographs. This was a regrettable error and the programme apologises unreservedly to the Duke and the Duchess."

At the moment there was no word on whether Kate and William will again pursue legal action, as they did against the French magazine Closer and Chi’s publisher Mondadori, but it seems that a good shot of the royal baby bump can fetch up to $500,000, privacy or no privacy.

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