Pregnant Kate Middleton Bikini Pics Send Palace Into Tizzy

The Palace is peeved: An Italian magazine says it plans to publish photos of pregnant Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton wearing a bikini while vacation in the Caribbean, much to the chagrin of an irate royal family.

The unauthorized, long-lens shots were taken on the private island of Mustique last week. The images are expected to be published in the Italian gossip magazine Chi on Wednesday. The photo scandal comes approximately six months after snapshots of the Duchess sunbathing topless in France made their way to newsstands courtesy of the same publication.

A St James’s Palace spokesman calls the decision to run Kate’s two-piece pics “a clear breach of the couple’s right to privacy.”

“We 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.”

Kate and William are expecting their first child in July.