Thursday 27 July 2017

Donald Trump's tweet about Kate Middleton's topless photos could make his British state visit very awkward

Kate Middleton, left, and Donald Trump, right
Kate Middleton, left, and Donald Trump, right
The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry
The Duchess of Cambridge leaving after a visit to The Mix in London, where she attended the youth charity's Christmas party.
The Duchess of Cambridge leaves The Scout and Guide Hut at North Wootton, near King's Lynn, after attending an event to celebrate the to celebrate 100 years of the Cub Scout movement.
The Duchess of Cambridge arriving at East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) in Quidenham, Norwich, as it continues fundraising for a new purpose-built hospice in Norfolk. Photo: Adrian Dennis/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the annual Royal Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in London
U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to announce his nomination of Neil Gorsuch for the empty associate justice seat of the U.S. Supreme Court at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., January 31, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Carol Middleton, Michael Middleton and James Middleton (right) leaving after attending the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk.
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at St Paul's Cathedral in London for a national service of thanksgiving to celebrate the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II
Kate Middleton and Queen Elizabeth share a laugh in 2012.
(Left to right) The Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh, and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for the annual evening reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps at Buckingham Palace, London.
U.S. President Donald Trump announces his nomination of Neil Gorsuch to be an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., January 31, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Well that's set to be one very awkward dinner.

Ahead of US President Donald Trump's upcoming state visit to Britain, there might be very awkward dinner party conversation now than an old tweet he wrote supporting the publication of topless photos of Kate Middleton has resurfaced.

Pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge sunbathing topless on private property while on holidays with her husband Prince William in France were published in 2012 and Trump was quick to blame her for posing topless to begin with, which unsurprisingly brought criticism.

"Kate Middleton is great - but she shouldn't be sunbathing in the nude - only herself to blame," Mr Trump wrote on Twitter at the time.

The invasion of privacy and complicity case is still ongoing and the trial of six media representatives over the publication of the photos was recently delayed until May.

A number of publications around the world published the images including the French edition of Closer, which was banned from re-publishing the images and forced to hand over the originals, as well as Italian magazine Chi among others.

The couple are incredibly protective of their privacy (just this week they began building an 820 foot wall hedge around their Kensington Palace home to ensure privacy) and at the time, they issued a statement condemning the pictures.

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(Left to right) The Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh, and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for the annual evening reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps at Buckingham Palace, London.

"The incident is reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, and all the more upsetting to the duke and duchess for being so," a a statement in 2012 said.

On Friday, Theresa May invited Mr Trump on an official state visit on behalf of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, which has sparked protests around the UK.

"I have today been able to convey Her Majesty the Queen's hope that President Trump and the First Lady would pay a state visit to the United Kingdom later this year. I'm delighted he's accepted that invitation," Ms May said.

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