Donald Trump Once Defended a Photographer Who Took Nude Pics of Duchess Kate

Yikes! In recently resurfaced 2012 tweets, Donald Trump once defended a photographer who took nude photos of Duchess Kate, even blaming the royal for making herself the target of the scandal.

“Kate Middleton is great — but she shouldn’t be sunbathing in the nude — only herself to blame,” the 70-year-old president tweeted on September 17, 2012. “Who wouldn’t take Kate’s picture and make lots of money if she does the nude sunbathing thing. Come on Kate!”

In 2012, Middleton, 35, and William, 36, were enjoying a vacation together on a private island when photographers sneakily snapped several topless photos of the royal as she lay sunbathing in the nude.

The photos were then leaked to the press. The six men accused of selling the images — three photographers and three magazine publishers — just went on trial a few weeks ago and may each face up to a year in jail and a fine of approximately $48,000.

Paparazzi and privacy laws have long been an issue for the royal family. In August 1997, Princess Diana died in a devastating car crash that was long believed to be linked to intrusive, dogged photographers.

Donald Trump, Kate Middleton
Donald Trump and Duchess Kate Ethan Miller/Getty Images; Samir Hussein/WireImage

Trump’s tweets resurfaced shortly after a visit from British Prime Minister Theresa May at the White House on Friday, January 27. During a press conference following the pair’s chat, the former real estate mogul announced that he had just accepted an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to visit Buckingham Palace later this year.

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