Desmond cuts ties with Irish Daily Star
An Irish tabloid has been the latest publication to print topless pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge, prompting Northern and Shell chairman Richard Desmond to close his joint venture with the newspaper.
The Irish Daily Star said they would only publish the photos of the Royal, who was on holiday in France, in the Republic of Ireland's edition of the newspaper.
However a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said there could be no motivation behind the move "other than greed".
The Irish Daily Star is a joint venture between Northern and Shell and Ireland's Independent News and Media.
Shortly after it was announced that the newspaper would print the pictures, Northern and Shell released a statement distancing themselves from the editorial decision.
"We abhor the decision of the Irish Daily Star to publish these intrusive pictures of the Duke and Duchess which we, like St James’s Palace, believe to be a grotesque invasion of their privacy" the statement read.
This evening, Mr Desmond issued a statement saying: "I am very angry at the decision to publish these photographs and am taking immediate steps to close down the joint venture."
It follows the news that Italian gossip magazine Chi plans to publish photographs of the Duchess in a special issue next week after French publication Closer published pictures of her sunbathing topless in a private villa.
Closer magazine is to face legal action from the Royals, who called the action "grotesque".