Aussie daily prints photo of Kate's bum
ONE of Rupert Murdoch's Australian newspapers yesterday published a picture showing the bare bottom of Prince William's wife Kate, refusing to follow a "ridiculous" ban imposed by the British media.
The image was taken during the royal couple's hugely successful tour of Australia last month when they showed off their infant son George, and was run in the Sydney Daily Telegraph a day after it appeared in German tabloid Bild.
Bild ran the photograph alongside pictures of US reality-television star Kim Kardashian and her sister Khloe, with the caption: "Khloe, Kim and Kate - backsides which have moved us these past few days".
It shows the Duchess of Cambridge's summer dress lifted by a gust of wind when the royal couple got out of a helicopter in the Blue Mountains, 80km west of Sydney.
This is not the first Marilyn- Monroe wardrobe malfunction the duchess has suffered, leading to suggestions that she should weigh down her hem with lead weights - something the queen does.
On the same tour, she struggled to tame her red skirt with one hand while holding Prince George in her other arm, as she arrived in windy New Zealand.
The Daily Telegraph said British newspapers had refused to run the photo out of respect to the royals, but in a comment piece said this was "an antiquated code of etiquette".
"It seems a bit ridiculous to expect the rest of the world's media to follow suit, particularly in a world in which flesh and commercialism go hand in hand," said Telegraph social writer Annette Sharp.
"If the Duchess can't be bothered protecting herself by having hem weights sewn into her garments, why should the media protect her?"
Diane Morel, a Blue Mountains local, took the photo and almost deleted it before realising what she had captured.
"It wasn't until I got home and I popped my camera card into the computer that I realised what I had captured," the 47-year-old told the newspaper, vowing to donate any money raised from the photo's sale to a bushfire relief fund.
During their tour, the royal couple met survivors and toured the scene of devastating Australian bushfires last year that destroyed more than 200 homes.
In 2012, French magazine Closer provoked outrage among the royals and sections of the British press when it published paparazzi photos of a topless Kate.