Inside the Kate Middleton topless photo scandal that left Charles and William furious with DONALD TRUMP

Donald Trump took to Twitter to comment after Kate Middleton's sunbathing topless photographs were published in a French magazine

Inside the Kate Middleton topless photo scandal that left Charles and William furious with DONALD TRUMP
Donald Trump said Kate Middleton had 'only herself to blame' (Brandon Bell, Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: A new book has claimed that Donald Trump's remarks on Kate Middleton’s 2012 topless photo scandal forced Prince William and King Charles to burst into 'torrents of profanity'. The former president took to Twitter to comment after the then Duchess of Cambridge's sunbathing topless photographs in Provence, France, was published in the French magazine Closer. 

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"Kate Middleton is great--but she shouldn’t be sunbathing in the nude--only herself to blame", the 76-year-old business tycoon tweeted. "Who wouldn’t take Kate’s picture and make lots of money if she does the nude sunbathing thing? Come on Kate!" The tweet that sparked ‘torrents of profanity’ from Charles, Prince William, and Prince Harry was revealed by the sections from Christopher Andersen's upcoming biography The King: The Life of Charles III. 

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According to Newsweek, Andersen wrote, "Trump's criticism of Kate resulted in what one Clarence House butler referred to as 'torrents of profanity' from Prince Charles and his sons". The book also states that Charles was 'disappointed' after Trump called him the 'Prince of Whales'. Besides, Anderson wrote that Trump insinuating he 'could have nailed' Princess Diana if he had desired also 'didn't help'.  His book also includes other disclosures like the Royal Family trying to 'discourage' a planned visit by Trump to the UK in 2017.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge watch from the Royal Box as Novak Djokovic of Serbia wins against Jannik Sinner of Italy during their Men's Singles Quarter Final match on day nine of The Championships Wimbledon 2022 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 05, 2022 in London, England.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge watch from the Royal Box as Novak Djokovic of Serbia wins against Jannik Sinner of Italy.  (Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The American journalist also added that Charles, William, and Harry "burned up the phone lines between Clarence House and Kensington Palace, with all three agreeing to work behind the scenes to discourage Trump's visit." At the time, Trump remarked on the topless photos on Fox and Friends, saying, "While we're all fans of Kate, can you imagine why she would ever be out in the nude? Why would she be standing in the nude in a swimming pool or wherever she was? She's Kate. It's terrible what they did, it's terrible to take pictures, but boy, how can you do a thing so stupid?" 

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British lawyers speak as they arrive at the court room at the tribunal de Nanterre on the day of the opening at the trial related to the paparazzi photos of topless Duchess of Cambridge as she sunbathed in the south of France in 2012 on May 2, 2017 in Nanterre, France.
British lawyers speak as they arrive at the courtroom at the tribunal de Nanterre on the day of the opening at the trial related to the paparazzi photos of the topless Duchess of Cambridge.  (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

A statement was released by St James’s Palace stating the media’s decision to publish the nude pictures was ‘grotesque’. "The incident is reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of [Princess Diana], and all the more upsetting to the Duke and Duchess for being so." Kate and William were granted $120,000 in punitive damages in 2017. As per the reports of Closer Weekly, the release of the pictures was described as "painful" by the former Duke of Cambridge who said, "The clandestine way in which these photographs were taken was particularly shocking to us as it breached our privacy. My wife and I thought we could go to France for a few days in a secluded villa owned by a family member, and thus enjoy our privacy." 

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(L-R) U.S. President Donald Trump, Queen Elizabeth II, First Lady Melania Trump, Prince Charles Prince of Wales and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall attend a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2019 in London, England. President Trump's three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
Former US president Donald Trump, Queen Elizabeth II, First Lady Melania Trump, Prince Charles Prince of Wales and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall attend a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2019, in London, England.  (Photo by Jeff Gilbert - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Two executives were fined $45,520 which is the maximum possible fine for offenses under French privacy law. The Express reported the executives and two photographers were ordered to pay approximately $50,000 to the Duchess and the same amount to the Duke.

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