Anton Goryunov writes from Moscow: You really have to have a heart of stone not to laugh at all the fuss that has been made around those topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge.
The funniest thing of all is the indignation in the British media about the French edition of celeb magazine Closer publishing the snaps and others following suit. As if British hacks have no idea that banging on about this whole non-story, in all its glorious detail, only contributes to attracting even more attention to the whole affair. I especially love the way newspapers in the UK claim that foreign organs of print have published the photos of topless Katie to sell more copy – while putting their own indignant articles about it on their front pages, obviously not in the least interested in copy sales themselves.
Come on, this is really hilarious!
And how about that line that St James’ Place has taken, feeding the press with stories about Prince William being devastated by the gross intrusion into his marriage and his concern that the media is starting to hound Kate just like it did Princes Diana? Hacks, it has to be said, were actually giving the Cambridges a pretty easy ride, obediently producing tame reports about the movements of the couple and even calling Kate a glamour and fashion icon, both of which she never was and never will be. And all comparisons between Kate and Diana that have been made in the press are simply ridiculous.
And then there’s the legal challenge that St James’ Palace has launched against the French magazine. Who the hell suggested to the Cambridges that it would be the best way of handling this situation? It will only cause more people to start following this non-story. It would have been much better to play the whole affair down and get Katie to stick to going topless only in the privacy of her bedroom. In this world of 24-hour news the whole incident would have died down in no time at all. Especially as the photos, if you want my honest opinion, are not that exciting really.
Another funny development in this saga was the swift reaction of publisher Richard Desmond to cut all links with the Irish Daily Star which has also published Katie’s topless pics. Mr Desmond owns the British version of the Daily Star and had a stake in the Irish joint venture. He was probably so appalled by having any connection to a publication that publishes photos of naked women that he simply had to act, if only to protect his spotless reputation.
The funny thing about the young Windsors generally is that they have concluded that being celebrities is cool. They mix with the the wrong crowd, as all celebs do, and hang out in places like fancy nightclubs and eateries that all celebs frequent. They get drunk, dance the night away and then stumble out in the early hours looking haggard. And yet, they still want to be treated like royalty but behave like peasants, if you want it straight. And that doesn’t work like that. You can’t be a celeb and a proper royal at the same time. Something has to give, as they say. And something always does.
Just as it happened with the royal wedding that was turned into some freak show for the masses, with Pippa Middleton coming dressed in a nightgown and showing off her bony backside to the world. Not to mention the list of guests that included some serious undesirables in it.
But the embarrassing thing about the latest royal incident is that the media chose to turn it into some huge story when we have a near collapse of the world economy that is being ripped apart by banks with the assistance of governments and the third world war brewing in the Middle East. Europe going down in the flames of the debt crisis anyone? Naah, Katie with her tits out is a much bigger story.
Is it just the stupidity of editors or are the money men telling hacks to cover anything but their asset stripping ways?
Weird times we’re living in.