Despite the pending litigation against the French magazine that initially started this scandal, Chi, an Italian gossip magazine, is gearing up to publish the topless Kate Middleton pictures.

Alfonso Signorini, the publication's editor, defended his decision by saying, "This is a deserving topic because it shows in a completely natural way the daily life of a very famous, young and modern couple in love. The fact that these are the future rulers of England makes the article more interesting and topical."

A spokesman for the royal couple retorted, "Any such publication would serve no purpose other than to cause further, entirely unjustifiable upset to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who were enjoying time alone together in the privacy of a relative's home."

[via RadarOnline