British royals condemn plans to publish Kate pictures

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is seen after viewing artist Paul Emsley's new portrait of her during a private viewing at the National Portrait Gallery on Jan. 11, 2013, in London. John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Royal officials in Britain have expressed disappointment that paparazzi shots of Prince William and his wife on a beach holiday in the Caribbean may be published by an Italian magazine.

The photos reportedly show the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge -- the former Kate Middleton -- wearing a bikini and strolling on a beach with William on the island of Mustique.

St. James's Palace said Tuesday that publishing the photos would be a "clear breach of the couple's right to privacy."

According to the BBC, the spokesman added: "We are disappointed that photographs of the Duke and Duchess on a private holiday look likely to be published overseas."

The Italian gossip magazine Chi was reportedly planning to publish the pictures.

Last year, William, 30, and Kate, 31, went to court over a French gossip magazine's publication of topless photos of the duchess while the couple was on holiday in the south of France.

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