Pippa Middleton's newest topless photo leak spurs lawsuit, report says
Pippa Middleton has suffered through the release of a new batch of topless photos this week, this time showing the party planner sunbathing in a bikini while on vacation.
Now a legal battle is brewing over the publication of the 5-year-old photographs which show Pippa sunbathing topless, which were posted on websites such as Egotastic, Fleshbot and ScallyWagAndVagabond. The photos show the 27-year-old vacationing in Ibiza with Prince William and her older sister Kate Middleton, now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The independent press commission will determine whether newspapers which published the photos have violated Middleton's privacy, or whether there are any "public right to know" issues which would justify publication. European law protects privacy and free expression, leaving interpretation up to judges to determine which apply.
Pippa's appearance at the Royal wedding in a gorgeous Alexander McQueen gown has sparked interest and earned her the unofficial title of "Her Royal Hotness" and a website dedicated to her derriere.
Prince William has long-fought for privacy against the paparazzi, who stalked his mother Princess Diana in the moments leading to her fatal car crash.
"We've known for a long time William would not stand for any nonsense regarding his new wife and her family," Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine, told the Associated Press.
And now there are reports that a film about Diana's death called "Unlawful Killing," which airs at the Cannes Film Festival this week, will show "death photos" of Lady Di from moments after the high-speed crash.
Pippa has yet to respond to the photo scandal, but she isn't the only Middleton family member who had a photo scandal. Nude photos of their 23-year-old brother James Middleton also emerged online recently.
The series of (NSFW) photos show James posing shirtless with his hand in his boxers, mooning the camera, and sitting fully nude in a leather chair with his legs crossed.
A friend of Catherine's "wild child" brother told Us Weekly that James has grown up since the photos were taken.
"James is just a typical lad who likes to mess around with his friends and do silly things for laughs," the friend told Us Weekly. "Most of the photos were from his first year at university. Just a teenager. You know how it gets, a lot of silly parties and a lot of alcohol. He's grown up a lot since then and would never behave like this now. He's a good guy. Party days are well behind him."
In 2008, James also made headlines when photos were leaked of him wearing a French maid outfit and one of Kate's dresses, but the get-ups were reportedly for a costume party.
Pippa works part-time at the party planning company Table Talk and also writes an online magazine for their parents' online party supply website, Party Pieces. James also has partying in his genes, he got a bank loan and started Cake Kit Company, a cake-baking company that runs alongside his parents' business.
Pippa Middleton served as the maid of honor at her sister's wedding and was responsible for planning the post-wedding party, which reportedly made palace officials "shudder."
Pippa is rumored to be starting her own party-planning business later this year that will branch off from her parent's company. According to Us Weekly, Pippa Middleton is currently dating former England cricketer Alex Loudon.