SOLOMAN ISLANDS-- More topless photos of Duchess Kate appeared Monday in Rome, as expected. Her lawyers began tussling in court in Paris, also as expected. And she and Prince Wiliam continued their tour in the South Pacific in cheery spirits, bright clothes and bare feet, all as expected.
Even the topless Solomon Islanders who greeted them Monday, were expected, although ironic under the circumstances.
In Rome, the gossip magazine Chi, appeared on stands with a 26-page spread of topless photos, many more than already published in the French magazine Closer last week. In at least one picture, she appeared to have a larger bust than in the French pictures, which could suggest photo manipulation.
Both mags are owned by the scandal-scarred Italian ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, whose editors defied the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and went ahead with publication of surreptitiously-obtained paparazzi shots the young royals are now fighting in court in France.
Their French lawyers are seeking an injunction to stop further publication and punish the photographer and the Closer editors with criminal sanctions, fines and even jail under French privacy laws.
Some of the photos, snapped while Will and Kate vacationed at a private chateau owned by a royal cousin in Provence the weekend before they left on their tour, have also appeared in an Irish newspaper but not so far in British publications.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the globe, the Cambridges were enjoying their second day in the Solomon Islands, in a "brighter mood," according to reporters on the trip. They were greeted in colorful ceremonies, borne atop a truck decorated to appear like an island canoe, draped with leis and crowned with fresh flowers, and met by scantily-dressed island women or men dressed as warriors in the traditional white war paint. They met with island officials, viewed cultural performances and visited a village to observe charity programs helping impoverished islanders.
The young royals were fully dressed but casual. On Guadalcanal, she wore a canary yellow pleated capped-sleeve, belted shirt dress by the British brand Jaeger with her nude platform pumps, according to the HRHDuchessKate blog.
They traveled by war canoe to Tuvanipupu Island where they will spend the night at a luxury resort. She had changed to a navy sleeveless dress with a full skirt by another British brand, Mulberry, the Duchess Kate blog reported. She had on her trusty navy wedges, although both took off shoes on arrival.
On Tuesday, they move on to their last stop on the tour, to Tuvalu, a group of island specks halfway between Hawaii and Australia that is one of the most remote inhabited spots in the world. On Wednesday, they head back to the U.K. and continuing photo fallout.