The Obsession with Kate Middleton — and Her Baby Bump

About 300 million people worldwide tuned in for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton–now formally Duchess of Cambridge–on April 2011 in London’s Westminster Abbey.

In September, news of Kate Middleton surfaced when Italian tabloid magazine Chi distastefully published photos  of Middleton sunbathing topless while on vacation in France.

In December, news of Middleton’s pregnancy broke, once again sparking interest in the couple’s relationship and the future heir to the throne–and it was only a matter of time until the paparazzi tried to obtain pictures of the Duchesses’ bump. Lo and behold, it was Chi  that managed to buy and publish photos of the couple–Middleton in a bikini exhibiting the tiniest of baby bumps!–on vacation on the Caribbean island of Mustique.

St. James’s Palace is not pleased, citing the publication “a clear breach of the couple’s right to privacy.”

While the couple were on a public beach, and while they are indeed very public figures, the paparazzi’s obsession with obtaining photos of the royal couple–especially of Middleton naked or exposed–is disrespectful. Middleton has managed to mostly keep a low profile, in part because of a diagnosis of hyperemesis gravidarum at the beginning of her pregnancy. But it really is a bummer that she can’t even enjoy a vacation without worrying about photos appearing in tabloids.

What are your thoughts? Is the paparazzi’s obsession with Kate Middleton–or any celebrity’s–baby bump photos totally creepy? Or should the couple expect such scrutiny for being major public figures?

Image: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attending The Epsom Derby, via Shutterstock

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  1. by Mama Drama

    On February 16, 2013 at 10:14 am

    I have hyperemesis gravidarum in addition to having another super rare issue with gluten, ultimately making the HG ten times worse. My life isn’t glamorous. I live in America with no doctor who can successfully treat me nor have they ever seen anyone with both HG and gluten allergy in my situation. In fact, the only fame I get is at my OB’s office where I am known as the one who calls the most.

    People obsess over the royals because we are taught to. Then, info on them is published because people make it a point to read it. If there was no demand for it, it wouldn’t be on every tabloid home page.

    That being said, anyone has the risk of making it to tabloid news. If you are in a public place, you can have your photo taken in most situations. It’s just most of us, even if we have the rare pregnancy of the royals or worse, won’t be featured because there is no demand for us.