Kate Middleton Topless Photos Prove There Is No Longer Such A Thing As Privacy

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Kate Middleton Duchess of Cambridge

We’re totally with the British royals’ statement about the topless photos of Kate Middleton just published in Closer magazine. “Their Royal Highnesses have been hugely saddened to learn that a French publication and a photographer have invaded their privacy in such a grotesque and totally unjustifiable manner,” a spokesperson said in a statement given to People. And we can only imagine how much it sucks for the Duchess of Cambridge to know pics of her sunbathing in a private home in France are currently being ogled at by people all over the world. (OK, fine, if you want to join in on the dirty fun, or react with outrage, you can see them on Egotastic.)

But here’s something to think about: In this day and age of high-tech photography and spying equipment, can a famous person ever expect their privacy to be expected? I mean, I’m not even famous, and I fear people peeking into my own windows every time I change. And I totally expect there’s someone spying on my computer and snapping pics of me every time I fall asleep with my mouth open on the subway. This is the kind of paranoia most of us have gotten used to as city and Internet dwellers. We’re wondering if maybe folks like Prince Harry and Duchess Catherine haven’t been so exposed to this world — they’re sheltered by guards and private modes of transportation, kept too busy to read Tumblrs like this — and so they don’t realize that we’re all being watched.

I don’t mean to blame the victim, here. Especially with the wife of a prince left motherless by the relentless appetite of the paparazzi. Just stating the sad fact that we all live in a world where maybe we should just be OK with getting tan lines. Or a bit of exposure. We don’t really see a third choice emerging anytime soon.

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