Anorak | Prince William wants Valerie Suau jailed for being French: Kate Middleton is topless (but not in Britain)

Prince William wants Valerie Suau jailed for being French: Kate Middleton is topless (but not in Britain)

by | 16th, September 2012

DID Prince William really say “I want them jailed” ? Them, being everyone involved in taking and publishing the topless pictures of Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge?

The Mirror says he did. Is Wills auditioning for job as the King of Thailand?

If the Mirror is right, Wills wants Valerie Suau, the photographer, to be sent to prison. The Daily Mail hypocrite of hypocrites tells readers Suau is pronounced ‘sewer’” . She took the photos from a public road. The rights and wrongs are a matter for French law to rule on. The Windsors are suing Closer magazine for publishing the images. The fine is unlikely to top £24,000. So. Why has no British newspaper published the photographs? What happened to publish and be damned?

Tazio Secchiaroli, the photographer most like to have inspired Paparazzo, the photographer in Federico Fellini’s film La Dolce Vita one explained his job:

“Nothing will stop us, even if it means overturning tables and waiters, or raising shrieks from an old lady… even if the police intervene or we chase the subject all night long, we won’t let go, we’ll fight with flashes.”

If Kate Middleton is a celebrity, why should she enjoy special privileges that mere mortals without access to expensive lawyers can only dream of? You might shrug it off as bad form, bad luck and bad planning that a photographer took photos of your topless self and published them. But the Windsors have responded with anger and outrage. It’s not topless Kate’s decorum that matters. It’s yours.

In 2007, the Daily Mirror said sorry for publishing a photograph of Kate Middleton, then Prince William’s girlfriend, walking along holding a cup of coffee. The caption read: “Smouldering: Kate heading for work yesterday.” Soon after, Middleton’s lawyers at Harbottle & Lewis complained to the Press Complaints Commission (PCC).

Daily Mirror editor Richard Wallace said the paper “got it wrong and we sincerely regret that” .

What he got “wrong” he never said? No law had been broken.

The Royal Family enjoy it when the press if favourable. They like to foster an image of themselves. We see Harry and Wills and Kate the three amigos larking about with People. We don’t see much of Beatrice, Eugenie and Andrew. This is deliberate. It’s PR at work. The Royal Family are aware that image matters. Prince Charles likes to tell us his view on the health service, global warming and Islam. We have seen William and Kate posing for Hello ! magazine, smooching, walking and going to the Olympics.

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