LONDON – Police were investigating Saturday after intimate royal photos — including pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George — were reportedly hacked from Pippa Middleton's iCloud account.
Naked pictures of Pippa's fiancé James Matthews are among the images being offered for sale to media organizations, but so far none have been published.
Murdoch-owned tabloid, The Sun, reported it had been approached by a seller using a pseudonym and asking for around $70,000 for the pictures.
Other images apparently stolen include photos of Pippa’s wedding dress and of her sister, Kate Middleton (the Duchess of Cambridge) with Kate’s two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Hugo Wallis, a spokesman for Britain’s Independent Press Standards Organization (IPSO), said in a statement that Middleton’s representatives had informed the media that photos “unlawfully accessed from her iCloud account” were being offered for sale.
“She and Mr Matthews have asked Ipso to make editors aware of their position that the use of these photographs would represent a breach of their privacy, and their request that the photographs are not published,” the statement said.
A spokesman for London’s Metropolitan Police said it would not confirm the names of any victims of crime but that it had received reports of an iCloud hack and that “specialist officers are now investigating.”
A spokesman for Kensington Palace, the official residents of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, said it did not speak on behalf of Pippa and would not comment.