Kate Middleton Pregnant Bikini Photos Hit Stands; Baby Bump Pictures Hit Television

By Staff Reporter February 15, 2013 8:18 AM EST

Several media organizations have published Kate Middleton's pregnant bikini photos despite the warning from the ROYAL family that publication of such photos amounted to breach of privacy.

America's Star magazine, Italy's Chi and Australia's Woman's Day published the photos of the royal couple - Kate Middleton and Prince Williams - who were photographed by some vacationers while they were holidaying on a private island in the Caribbean.

The Duchess of Cambridge is seen in a blue bikini along with her husband in a five-page spread published by the Star magazine. Her four-month baby bump is clearly visible in the photos, which were published Feb 13.

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Interestingly, Kate Middleton's baby bump pictures were accidentally shown on ITV show, "This Morning." The presenter of the show mistakenly showed the cover of the Italian magazine 'Chi' without blurring out the image of the Royal couple.

The TV channel apologized to the couple for the incident, terming it as a "deeply regrettable error."

The royal family had earlier warned the publication of such photos on learning that a few foreign media houses were planning to run the photos of Kate Middleton in a bikini.

"We are disappointed that photographs of the Duke and Duchess on a private holiday look likely to be published overseas," said a spokesperson of St. James's Palace. "This is a clear breach of the couple's right to privacy."

The royal couple announced in December last year that they were expecting their first child. Kate Middleton is believed to be in the fifth month of pregnancy.

St. James's Palace had earlier tried to stop foreign media houses from publishing the topless photos of the royal couple taken while they were holidaying in France but did not succeed.

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