Australian magazine publishes royal honeymoon pictures

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge the day after their wedding, shortly before their honeymoon was delayed Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Royal officials have renewed calls for the press to respect the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's privacy after an Australian magazine printed photographs of them on their honeymoon.

The magazine Woman's Day carried several images of Prince William and his wife strolling on the beach of their resort on the exclusive North Island of the Seychelles.

A spokeswoman for St. James' Palace told ITV News:

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s honeymoon was obviously a private occasion, and we would ask people to respect their privacy.

– st. james' palace
The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall on Dalvay Lake beach on their official visit to Canada last year Credit: Lionel Hahn/PA Wire

Prince William is wearing swimming trunks with a colourful floral print while Duchess of Cambridge is wearing a black strapless bikini. They are shown walking hand-in-hand.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were reportedly feeling "upset and betrayed" after the photographs emerged.

ITV News Royal Correspondent Tim Ewart has been looking at how the photographs emerged.

Strenuous efforts were made to ensure that the honeymoon was private. British and American publications have respected requests not to print any photographs.

The couple's departure for their honeymoon was delayed at the last minute, seemingly as a precaution to avoid the paparazzi.

A pristine beach in the Seychelles Credit: REUTERS/Richard Lough

The Times reports that the Seychelles Coastguard even patrolled the waters off their beach to ensure no photographers strayed near.

But clearly one paparazzo got through and snapped the newlyweds, apparently from a distance using a powerful lense.