Amid Asia trip, royals wrestle over topless photos

(CBS News) BRISBANE, Australia - Prince William and wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, continued their Southeast Asia tour on behalf of the queen's 60 years on the throne. Saturday's visit included a look at one of the world's biggest rain forests. But the couple is also wrestling with the unwanted publication of some sensitive photographs.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stayed on schedule Saturday, touring the virgin rainforest on the Malaysian island of Borneo.

In public, the couple appeared at ease and engaged on their jaunt through the jungle. Privately, though, the duo is said to be discussing how to manage the fall-out from the release of topless photos of Kate

Published in a French magazine Friday, the photos show a topless Kate sunbathing poolside while vacationing at a secluded French chateau.

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Owned by a nephew of Queen Elizabeth, the chateau is surrounded by 640 acres of woodlands and lavender fields.

The palace is suing the magazine, saying the couple had "...every expectation of privacy in the remote house." The statement added: "The incident is reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of Diana, Princess of Wales..."

The pictures were snapped from a public road, within a quarter of a mile away, according to the magazine's editor. She said the pictures simply showed a young couple in love.

That young couple tried to stay focused on the agenda they had set Saturday. The two strapped on harnesses and were hoisted to the jungle canopy to highlight the prince's long-standing passion for conservation, in one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on earth.

The couple is now headed on to the Pacific Islands, some of the most remote reaches of Her Majesty's Realms. We're told to expect some of the most brilliant images from this journey. The question is, what will everyone remember? Those pictures? Or the ones in that French magazine?

  • Seth Doane

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