London, Sept 17: Despite protestations from the royal palace that the paparazzo had violated the privacy of the couple, Prince William and Duchess Kate, a female French photographer who filmed the couple sunbathing at the French chateau revealed on Saturday night that they were sunbathing in “full view of the road”.
The photographer, Valerie Suau took pictures of Kate in her swimsuit, but not, she says, topless.
She described her pictures, published in France’s La Provence regional newspaper, as ‘all decent’.
‘Valerie is concerned by the fuss and is keeping a low profile,’ said a colleague. Yesterday Ms Suau appeared to have reduced her internet presence, removing her profile picture from Facebook, for instance.
Suau had expected the chateau to be heavily guarded.
‘She says she was given free rein to do what she liked – taking pictures of the couple enjoying themselves in full view of the road.’
There were other people around, including walkers and cyclists, as well as staff at the chateau.
The Duchess was sure to have known this, and perhaps should have been a bit more careful about displaying her body in such a prominent position.’
Suau, who lives close to Chateau d’Autet, deep in the Provence countryside east of Avignon, told friends there was no sign of British or French police anywhere, so allowing ‘any photographer who wanted’ to take images.