This Morning Kate mag apology

ITV's This Morning has said it is "very sorry" after accidentally showing an uncensored cover of the Italian magazine that pictured a pregnant Duchess of Cambridge in a bikini on holiday on the private Caribbean island of Mustique.

Italian editor defends decision to print Kate photos

The editor of the Italian magazine Chi, which is the second publication to publish pictures of the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge, has defended his decision.

Alfonso Signorini told the BBC:

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.

Moreover, the photographs can hardly be considered an invasion of privacy when the subjects are public figures in a public place, in the open air; specifically on a beach surrounded by other bathers.

– Alfonso Signorini, editor, chi

This Morning 'deeply regrets' showing Kate magazine

This Morning has apologised after accidentally showing an uncensored cover of the Italian magazine that pictured a pregnant Duchess of Cambridge in a bikini on holiday on the private Caribbean island of Mustique.

A statement was read out by host Eamonn Holmes later in the programme:

Earlier during today's news review we were discussing photographs of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on a beach in Mustique published in an Italian magazine.

Unfortunately we accidentally showed an unblurred image of the magazine cover, which briefly showed the photographs.

This was a deeply regrettable error and we are very sorry.

We apologise unreservedly to the Duke and the Duchess.

Watch: Australian magazine editor defends plans to publish 'celebratory' Kate photographs

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Editor defends 'celebratory' Kate shots on 'public island'

The editor of Australian magazine Woman's Day has said St James's Palace's condemnation of the decision to publish pregnant bikini shots of the Duchess of Cambridge has backfired because "twice as many people will now want to see them".

Speaking to Australia's Channel Nine network, Fiona Connolly refused to say how much she paid to win a three-magazine bidding war for the 39 images which form the latest set of controversial Kate holiday snaps.

But she rejected issues of privacy, saying the royals had been holidaying on a public island.

Editor: British too sensitive about Kate bikini pics

The royal couple are no strangers to pictures of their private holiday going public. Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

The editor of the Australian magazine which is due to print shots of the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge in a bikini has played down any controversy, saying her readers are "going to love these photos".

"Look, I think the British are very sensitive about this," Woman's Day editor Fiona Connolly told Australia's Channel Nine network.

"As Australians, we see this every day," she said. "We see pregnant women in bikinis on the beach - and a public one at that - so we are a lot less sensitive here in Australia."

Mrs Connolly played down fears of a negative reaction when the magazine goes on sale on Monday.

"I don't expect any backlash at all really," she said. "I think she's looking fabulous and healthy and (with) a beautiful bump, like we haven't seen her before."

Editor: 'Not a hard decision to run Kate photographs'

Woman's Day editor Fiona Connolly reportedly said she had no qualms publishing the photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge. She told news.com.au:

It wasn’t a hard decision to run these photos. She is on a public beach and she was mingling with holiday makers. There are other holiday makers in the photos. It’s a very different situation to the nude photos, there is no photographer hiding in the bushes and she is not inside a private villa.

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The private island where Kate was photographed

The pictures, which have been condemned by St James's Palace, reportedly show the Duchess of Cambridge wearing a bikini and strolling on a beach on the private island of Mustique with her husband.

The small Caribbean island, a former sugar plantation that is part of St Vincent and the Grenadines, in the West Indies, has long been a haven for the rich and famous.

File picture of the private island of Mustique in the West Indies. Credit: PA Wire

In 1958 by Colin Tennant, the 3rd Baron Glenconner, bought the 1,400-acre island for 67,500 dollars (£43,000) to create a luxurious private retreat.

Three years later he gave a 10-acre plot as a wedding gift to Princess Margaret, on which she built a magnificent villa, Les Jolies Eaux.

Mustique is now owned by the Mustique Company, a group of shareholder home owners from 17 countries, which preserves and runs the island.

It has 100 private residences, 74 of which are available for rent, the 17-room Cotton House boutique hotel and a five-bedroom guesthouse, according to the Mustique island website.

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