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Monday 29 December 2014

Why Pippa Middleton is entitled to her privacy

Pippa Middleton joins the procession to Buckingham Palace after the wedding ceremony between Prince William and his new bride Kate
Pippa Middleton joins the procession to Buckingham Palace after the wedding ceremony between Prince William and his new bride Kate
Pippa Middleton who acted as a witness to the royal wedding.
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: (L-R) Michael Middleton, Carole Middleton, Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Eliza Lopes, Lady Louise Windsor, Grace van Cutsem, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Margarita Armstrong-Jones, page boys Tom Pettifer and William Lowther-Pinkerton with Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, Pippa Middleton, Prince Harry and James Middleton greet well-wishers from the balcony at Buckingham Palace on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh and Pippa Middleton, appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London, following the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey
Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton and bridesmaid Margarita Armstrong-Jones arrive for the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton on April 29, 2011 in London
Pippa Middleton joins the procession to Buckingham Palace after the wedding ceremony between Prince William and his new bride Kate
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton with bridemaid Lady Louise Windsor make the journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following the marriage of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Pippa Middleton joins the procession to Buckingham Palace after the wedding ceremony between Prince William and his new bride Kate
The replica bridesmaid dress worn by Pippa Middleton on display at the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney, Australia
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Pippa Middleton, sister of the bride arrives with the flower girls and page boys at Westmister Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. The Archbishop of Canterbury conducted the service which was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding and street parties are being held throughout the UK. (Photo by Paul Rogers - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Pippa Middleton makes the journey by carriage after the wedding of Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge to Buckingham Palace following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Jasper Juinen-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Pippa Middleton joins the procession to Buckingham Palace after the wedding ceremony between Prince William and his new bride Kate.PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA Story: WEDDING Lead. Photo credit should read:John Giles/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Sister of the Bride and Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton and bridesmaid Margarita Armstrong-Jones ride in a carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following the marriage of Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton with pageboys and bridemaids is greeted by The Very Reverend Dr John Hall (L), Dean of Westminster as they arrive to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Sister of the Bride and Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton and bridesmaid Margarita Armstrong-Jones make the journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following the Royal Wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England.
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton arrives to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William of Wales to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Catherine Middleton with her father Michael Middleton and Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton is greeted by The Very Reverend Dr John Hall (C), Dean of Westminster as they arrive to attend her Royal Wedding to Prince William at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Sister of the bride and Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton holds hands with Grace Van Cutsem and Eliza Lopes as they arrive to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Catherine Middleton with the father Michael Middleton and Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton arrive to attend her Royal Wedding to Prince William at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Pippa Middleton arrives at Westminster Abbey with the bridesmaids and page boys ahead of the wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton
Page boys and bridesmaids arrive at Westminster Abbey, London, escorted by Pippa Middleton before her sister, Kate's, marriage to Prince William
Pippa Middleton (left) leaves Westminster Abbey, London, after her sister, Kate, marriage to Prince William
Prince William and his new bride Kate walk leave Westminster Abbey, London, following their marriage, followed by Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton
Prince William and his new bride Kate walk leave Westminster Abbey, London, following their marriage, followed by Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Sister of the bride and Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton holds hands with Grace Van Cutsem and Eliza Lopes as they arrive to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Pippa Middleton
Page boys and bridesmaids arrive at Westminster Abbey, London, escorted by Pippa Middleton before her sister, Kate's, marriage to Prince William. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA story WEDDING. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Pippa Middleton

If the new Princess Catherine's honeymoon is yet to get underway, her sister Pippa's honeymoon with the redtops is most definitely over.

Just over a week after she burst onto the public scene at the Royal wedding, winning plaudits for her elegance and beauty, the News of the World has published a topless photo of her.

It's a dark, grainy image, shot from behind and from a long way away, but it's her bare breast all the same. It is also from a set of photos taken in 2006 but only published now, no doubt because someone has been flicking through every image they've got of Pippa, looking for racier images of her. Bingo. This is what people mean when they talk about invasion of privacy.

Pippa Middleton is not a public figure. She is not elected. She is not a celebrity. She is not a Wag. She is not a criminal. She is not a tennis player. She is a not a celebrity cook. She is simply the sister of someone who is famous. That means she is entitled completely to a private life.

The fact the picture is not particularly revealing isn't the point.

Imagine you're David Beckham's sister or Jamie Oliver's sister or David Dickinson's sister and just by virtue of that fact you wake up one morning to find your naked torso across the pages of a Sunday tabloid.

No, it's not on.

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