Category: Entertainment / February 13, 2013 11:40 AM EST
Italian magazine "Chi" on Wednesday (February 13) published photographs of the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge wearing a bikini on holiday in the Caribbean, angering the British royal family and reigniting a debate over privacy and freedom of the press.
The pictures showed the former Kate Middleton walking with her husband Prince William on a beach on the island of Mustique.
The same publication ran pictures last September of the princess sunbathing topless on holiday in France, raising questions about media intrusion into the lives of one of the world's most famous couples.
In Italy's financial capital Milan, opinion was divided over the right to publish the photos, and whether the angry response was justified.
"Rightly so, it's violation of privacy so they have every right to get angry," said Mario Bazzini.
"I think the reaction is exaggerated, and I mean the reaction of the royal family," newspaper vendor Francesca said.
The magazine's publication of the topless pictures last year against the couple's wishes was condemned by British Prime Minister David Cameron. It stirred memories of the world media's relentless pursuit of William's mother, Princess Diana who died in a car crash in Paris in 1997 as she was being chased by paparazzi.
While magazines and websites in Europe have printed long-lens shots of the couple, Britain's tabloid newspapers have so far held back.
The newspapers are fighting stricter regulation recommended by a judge-led inquiry into their tactics that uncovered illegal payments to public officials and phone-hacking to get stories.
The couple are expecting their first baby in July. The duchess was admitted to hospital in December suffering from an acute form of morning sickness.
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