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.


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.