All three Middleton women were photographed swimming, sun-bathing and diving in bikinis, as well as one of Pippa who appeared to be in the process of removing her top.
The seven photographs were published across two pages under the headline Perfect Pippa - and the Prince of Belly Flops,
The tagline advertised the enticing news; "Oh buoy it's Pippa... and she's topless inside".
The article included the 'topless pic' with the title "So hot she had to be hosed down!"
Readers were further urged to visit its website to "see more photos of Pippa sunbathing." These photos were available for a time with attached links to them from Google and Facebook which have since been taken down.
The Middleton story and pics have also been removed from the paper's site.
Why the speedy withdrawal of all these juicy photos by the British tabloids? The Middleton family is reportedly seeking to lodge a formal complaint regarding the pics to the Press Complaints Commission.
Claiming invasion of privacy, the Middleton daughters and their mother feel the publication of these five-year-old images breaches the editors' code of practice.
"As a family enjoying a holiday aboard a private yacht moored in a discreet location off a foreign island they had "a reasonable expectation of privacy."Then there will be questions about how the pictures were obtained. For example, did the photographer (or photographers) engage in "persistent pursuit" in order to shoot them?" Guardian UK
If the complaint is made formally to the PCC, the newspapers in question will be required to provide information as to who took the pics, and in regards to the agency who is credited with selling them, Big Pictures.
It appears that the Middleton Family is unwilling to play a passive role in regards to the invasion of their private moments, but instead intend to deal with such infringments in a swift and legally backed manner.
One can only surmise thatWilliam himself, having paid the highest price of all when his beloved mother Diana was lost due to excessive 'persistent pursuit' by paparazzi, will himself personally make sure that all necessary steps are taken to protect his adored new wife from the same fate.