Showbiz Tonight talked with People magazine senior writer Charlotte Triggs about the controversy surrounding the new photos of Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, showing off her baby bump in a bikini while on a private vacation with Prince William. We asked Triggs for her perspective as a magazine writer on the photos being published.
The Duchess was photographed on a public beach by a fellow vacationer -- do you think this was an invasion of Catherine’s privacy?
There is obviously a lot more attention being paid to her than almost any other celebrity. People have an interest in seeing Catherine -- especially now that she's pregnant, but when she is off on a deserted beach, miles from any public place where people would definitely be able to see her, she does have a certain expectation of privacy… these were clearly taken with long lens cameras.
Why did People magazine decide not to publish the pictures?
People magazine decided not to purchase or publish the photos because the palace feels this is an invasion of her privacy, and in reality, it wasn't worth it to run them. Sure, people might want to look at them, but it does seem quite invasive. Just because you can have the images, doesn’t mean you should.
Do you think the Duke and Duchess will get the privacy they desire and deserve?
Unlike in the Diana era, the palace has come out swinging every time they feel the press is overstepping their boundaries when it comes to Catherine's privacy. So unlike back then, when every move of hers [Diana's] was documented and there were pictures of her even working out in the gym, nowadays, even when the paparazzi manage to get photos of the Duchess, a lot of outlets choose not to print them out of respect.