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Pal: James Middleton Has "Grown Up" Since Taking Semi-Nude Pics

Celebrity News May. 4, 2011 AT 2:16PM
Pal: James Middleton Has "Grown Up" Since Taking Semi-Nude Pics Credit: Joel Ryan - WPA Pool/Getty

Queen Elizabeth would not approve!

James Middleton, Duchess Catherine's handsome younger brother who read from the Bible at her Friday wedding to Prince William in Westminster Abbey, has a scandal on his hands -- and other places too.

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Semi-nude pics of James, 23, have resurfaced online following his sister's historic nuptials. A slew of candid snapshots, reportedly taken some time ago, show James joking around with pals: revealing his bare torso and reaching into his boxer shorts; showing off his bare backside; sitting nude and cross-legged, covering up his genitals; wearing a French maid's uniform, and simulating gay sex with a buddy.

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The semi-nude and maid pics of James made headlines in the British press before, and James has often called himself the "wild child" sibling of Catherine, 29, and Pippa, 27.

"James is just a typical lad who likes to mess around with his friends and do silly things for laughs," a source explains to Us Weekly. "These photos were not for the public, they were on his private Facebook profile and someone managed to get in and take them. He'd rather they weren't out there."

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Plus, the insider points out, "most of the photos were from his first year at university. Just a teenager. You know how it gets, a lot of silly parties and a lot of alcohol. He's grown up a lot since then and would never behave like this now. He's a good guy. Party days are well behind him."

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Indeed, although James dropped out of university after one year at age 20, he's certainly no gaddabout: He's now a successful entrepreneur who runs his own upscale bakery, the Cake Kit Company, which provided customized treats for the guests at Catherine and William's evening wedding reception at Buckingham Palace.

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