Kate's topless pictures boost French tourism

Oct 16, 2012, 06:36 IST | Agencies

Kate Middleton's topless picture scandal has bolstered interest in the French estate where she was photographed � because wealthy tourists are desperate to stay there.

The Duchess of Cambridge and her husband Prince William were staying at the secluded Chateau d’Autet retreat in the south of France — owned by Princess Margaret‘s son David Linley — when the intrusive pictures were snapped last month but William’s relative is refusing to cash in on the scandal.

Tourist destination: The owner of the chateau where Kate’s pictures were taken has been inundated with offers to live in the house. File pic

A friend close to Linley said that he has been inundated with offers from wealthy tourists hoping to stay at the 19th century hunting lodge since the pictures were published in early September.

“Linley has had mad offers coming in,” a source said. “Kate and William value him as a cousin and a friend and his refusals to capitalise on the publicity have been noted by the Royal household. His currency is his silence.”

Following the publication of the topless pictures, William and Catherine were left “saddened” by the “grotesque invasion of their privacy”, but the Duchess has been determined to uphold her growing public role and scheduled appearances.
French magazine Closer was heavily sanctioned for publishing paparazzi shots of the 30-year-old royal without her bikini top on.

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