Kate Middleton Sunbathing Pics & What Would Paparazzi Think of Me?
It's not often that I feel sorry for celebrities who get swarmed by paparazzi day in and day out. Sure, it's got to feel like a constant invasion of privacy, especially when children are present and exposed unwillingly. But to some degree, in today's "instant upload" social media world, it's what connects these celebrities to their fan base and sadly, par for the course.
But then there are the Royals. For whatever reason, I put them (like I do anyone in a government/leader type position) in a different category. If I saw photos of the Obama girls that were clearly taken when they weren't supposed to be, I would feel sad and violated. There are some things we DON'T need to see, and some people that do deserve privacy. Lindsay Lohan: Ehhh…. Michelle Obama: YES.
This past week, a French magazine published paparazzi photographs of Kate Sunbathing topless in France. She and husband Prince William were vacationing (by the way, is that all they do? JEALOUS) at a villa in Provence. According to one site, they were on the balcony of a friend's 19th-century hunting lodge (again, why isn't my life this wonderful?) and obviously had no idea that a paparazzo was lurking with a long lens. Middleton felt the freedom of France and set her girlies free.
Luckily, the palace rep released a very supportive statement in defense of KM and her hubby: "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. Their Royal Highnesses had every expectation of privacy in the remote house. It is unthinkable that anyone should take such photographs, let alone publish them.”
The fact that images were meant to look like something as innocent as KM "partially pulling down her bikini bottom while the prince rubbed suntan lotion on her" is pretty absurd. "Partially pulling down her bikini bottom"??? It's called a wedgie! The whole thing actually made me realize: a) how lucky I am that no one knows who I am and a wedgie will never be mistaken as anything but just that and b) celebrities pretty much never look awful. If I were caught by paparazzi in a "Stars... they're just like us" type of moment, it would be far from flattering.
Here's some imagery of what a "candid" and "private" moment in my life might look like:
Driving: Photos would reveal me trying to get my blue tooth to work, at the same time as handing a snack to my son in the backseat, all while noticing a long whisker on my chin that wasn't there an hour ago.
At a Restaurant: Taking bites far too big for my mouth and spilling said bite on my chest, lap, etc. If child is present, so is the iPad (this will make me look like mother of the year, of course).
At the Farmers Market: Sampling all the fruit and vegetables but ultimately walking by those stands and buying the already cooked pastries and breakfast burritos.
What would the images be if paparazzi caught you on camera?