Media magnate Richard Desmond threatened to shut down the Irish Daily Star, which he co-owns, after the tabloid reprinted the 13 photos of the former Kate Middleton sunbathing in France sans bikini top. The scandalous shots were originally published in the French magazine Closer.
“I’m very angry at the decision to publish these photographs and am taking immediate steps to close down the joint venture,” Mr. Desmond said over the weekend. “The decision to publish these pictures has no justification whatsoever and Northern & Shell condemns it in the strongest possible terms.”
The closure of the Irish tabloid, which is known for printing tasteful features such as “Star Babes”, “Celeb Babes” and “Retro Babes,” would result in the loss of over 120 jobs.
The British National Union of Journalists reacted with British understatement (which we think translates to outrage), calling the threat to shut down the paper “an over the top reaction which should be reconsidered calmly and with consideration of the full implications for Irish journalism and for editorial diversity.”
For now, angry royalists will have to comfort themselves with the fact that Michael O’Kane, the editor responsible for the decision to publish the scandalous photos, has been suspended.
“Independent Star Limited has suspended editor Michael O’Kane with immediate effect, pending an investigation into the circumstances that led to the Irish Daily Star re-publishing pages from the French magazine Closer, which contained images of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge,” it said.
Mr. Desmond also co-owns the royal sympathizing Daily Express, which some speculate may be a driving force behind the desire to stay in the Graces’ good graces.
The Duke and Duchess are preparing to sue.