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Kate Middleton ‘Disappointed’ By Invasive Bikini Baby Bump Photos

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Once again, Kate Middleton’s privacy has been violated while on vacation.

On Wednesday, Star magazine published bikini photos of the four-months-pregnant Duchess of Cambridge frolicking with Prince William on the beach in Mustique --- the first glimpse of her bare bump!

The tabloid’s accompanying headline claims “Kate Shows Off Her Bump!” – but she clearly had no idea she was being secretly photographed.

And just like the previous time she and her husband were secretly snapped on the beach (when she was topless!), these new photos were obviously shot with a long lens, evidenced by how super grainy they are.

Regardless of their quality, the Palace is understandably upset.

In a statement, the royal family expressed that they are “disappointed that photographs of the Duke and Duchess on a private holiday look likely to be published overseas. This is a clear breach of the couple's right to privacy."

The photos in question first came to light thanks to Italian magazine Chi, which also has them splashed across their latest cover, with the headline, “Your belly grows!” Editor Alfonso Signorini defended their decision to publish them, telling the BBC: "They are images of such unexceptional normality that there is only limited mention of them on the cover of the magazine. The photographs, which can in no way be considered scandalous, were bought from an international photo agency, do not harm the image of the protagonists and the reaction of the media seems to me wholly over the top."

Australia’s Women’s Day also reportedly shelled out $150,000 for the set. The magazine’s Fiona Connolly told the Telegraph, “In this instance they are a beautiful set of photos.”

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The invasion has put a real damper on what was supposed to be a relaxing baby-moon for the couple, who are expecting their first child in July. According to US Weekly, “it’s been a real sour note … For Catherine, it was the first time she had shown her baby bump, and so for it to be exposed so quickly has shaken her up a little,” a source tells the mag. “They thought with the privacy laws on the island they would be able to spend a moment outside of the house without this happening."

Last September, French magazine Closer – which is owned by the same company as Chi – ran photos of the royal couple on vacation in the South of France in a 26-page spread, including shots of the princess sunbathing topless, prompting a court battle that resulted in an injunction prohibiting further publication of the incriminating pics.

Just three months later on December 3, the couple announced their baby news after the Duchess had to be admitted to a London hospital for extreme morning sickness. “Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby,” the official statement read. “The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry and members of both families are delighted with the news.”

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