Was that really necessary? Queen Elizabeth is set to meet President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at Windsor Castle on Friday, July 13, and though the POTUS won't be meeting Kate Middleton, a mean Tweet Donald once published about the Duchess has now come to light.
Back in September 2012, Donald (who was not president at the time), voiced his candid opinion of Kate's unfortunate nude photo scandal. "Kate Middleton is great — but she shouldn't be sunbathing in the nude — only herself to blame," the 72-year-old wrote.
Kate and William in France in 2017. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Earlier that month, a French magazine published topless photos of Kate with her husband, Prince William, on vacation in Provence, France. Once the snapshots were released to the public, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge — who had just tied the knot months earlier in April 2011 — filed a criminal complaint and launched a claim for civil damages against the magazine.
At the time, a St. James’s Palace spokesperson called the media's decision to publish the topless pictures of Kate "grotesque." The rep added, "The incident is reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of [Princess Diana], and all the more upsetting to the Duke and Duchess for being so."
Years later in September 2017, William and Kate were granted $120,000 in punitive damages from the photo scandal. In a prepared statement read by lawyer Jean Veil during the investigation, William described the candid photos of Kate as "painful."
"The clandestine way in which these photographs were taken was particularly shocking to us as it breached our privacy. My wife and I thought that we could go to France for a few days in a secluded villa owned by a member of my family, and thus enjoy our privacy," William said.
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