Just when we thought the royals were in the clear, things have taken an unfortunate turn.
As we reported earlier today, the topless Kate Middleton pics published by French tabloid Closer were removed from the magazine's website.
However, despite a public outcry and a lawsuit filed by the royal family, it turns that an Italian tabloid has decided to take it upon themselves to release the photos.
Chi, which is also owned by the same company that publishes Closer, will run a 26-page spread next week with the headline, "The Queen is Nude."
And as for whether or not editor Alfonso Signori is concerned that the royal family will go after him, he claims that the pics are now part of public domain, adding:
"I don't see anything morbid or damaging in them. Chi pays attention to respecting people's dignity. I don't think they hurt Kate's image."
"Respecting people's dignities" by publishing nude photos of them from a private and secluded moment? Hmmm, not too sure we believe that.
Meanwhile, Prince William is already working hard, figuring out "all appropriate responses" to Chi's tasteless actions.
We hate to say this, but the damage is already done. This might be a losing battle… but, boy does it turn us on to see William fight for his woman!
[Image via WENN.]