Following in the controversial footsteps of French magazine Closer and now Italian magazine Chi, Middle East Insurance Market Analysis Quarterly has announced it will be the first regional publication to print the topless photos of Kate Middleton.
The decision by the magazine, one of the GCC’s most widely-read periodicals within the corporate insurance and self-insurance industry, is likely to spell further anguish for the Duchess of Cambridge, currently on tour of South-East Asia with her husband.
“We strongly believe there is public interest in printing the photos of Kate,” said the magazine’s editor, Rebekah Mabrooks, in a statement. “Which is why we intend to publish a 40-page photo special of the intimate snaps in our upcoming Autumn edition, in between an article about the increased cost of group health insurance for company employees and a feature looking at new insurance procedures for personal injury claims at work.”
Although there were no indications whether St James’ Palace would threaten legal action, a spokesperson said they were “deeply saddened” by the decision taken by Middle East Insurance Market Analysis Quarterly, and that the move had “broken a bond of trust” between the magazine and the British royal family.