Kate Middleton has made a blunder for the first time in her life as part of the Royal Family. Topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge have been published by a French tabloid. The Royal Family is apparently outraged that the photos were published. Unlike Prince Harry who was also recently caught on film in the buff, Kate has had a perfect record up until now. Kate has been considered the greatest PR gift the Royal Family could have asked for until now. Can she survive this?
Yes, she can. Her pristine reputation may be a little tarnished but this will not be a PR nightmare for The Royal Family. These invasive photographs may actually get her the sympathy vote. The duke and duchess were apparently sunbathing during a vacation in Provence last week. Kate took off her top and a photographer used a long lens to capture the sight, according to the Telegraph. Officials said the royal family was considering legal action for a “grotesque and totally unjustifiable” invasion of privacy in the same country where William’s mother Princess Diana died while fleeing paparazzi.] The couple was “saddened” by the use of the photos, which appear genuine, royal officials said.
Unlike Prince Harry who was at a party where he knew people could have cell phones, she was on a romantic trip with her husband in what was supposed to be a very private place so she felt comfortable. Their privacy was invaded, just as Diana’s was. The Royal Family is being smart by showing the parallels between Kate and Diana. Kate Middleton gets a lot of perks but the minute she put that ring on her finger she lost her privacy, to an extent. No major British publication carried the photos, including Rupert Murdoch’s top-selling U.K. tabloid The Sun, which last month ran photos of naked Prince Harry. Media experts in Britain said concerns that Kate’s privacy had been invaded would likely mean the images wouldn’t be published by the country’s newspapers.
Despite this fumble, Kate Middleton is the best PR the royal family could ever ask for. It is her image as just an “ordinary woman” entering this fabulously glamorous world that has injected some much needed positive PR. Washington Post writer Autumn Brewington, “Her appealing image as an ordinary woman who happened to marry a handsome prince has inspired an illusory sense of pride that the couple have leveled social distinctions in a historically class-conscious society. Yet the resurgence in the royals’ popularity entrenches those divisions even as Britain seeks to move past them.” Kate has had such a profound impact that the share of Britons who thought the monarchy would be around in 50 years had risen to 56%. ”She’s really moulded her own image,” Alanna Glicksman told CBC, a consultant with communications and public relations giant Hill & Knowlton Strategies in Toronto. ”In my opinion, Kate has redefined the definition of the people’s princess. She’s really changed the game for how people view the Royal Family and especially the younger generation of the Royal Family.”