Alfonso Signorini, the editor of Chi, which is owned by former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, said: "The fact that these are the future rulers of England makes the article more interesting and topical.
The Duchess's distress was increased when Chi announced that it would publish more images of the pair on holiday.
On Saturday, Michael O'Kane, editor of the Irish Daily Star, robustly defended the decision to run the images.
LAWYERS for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have asked France's criminal prosecutors to consider charging the photographer who took topless photographs of the Duchess.
French Closer, which is run by a different company from the British version, caused outrage when it published the images of the couple enjoying private holiday moments at Chateau d'Autet, near Aix en Provence.
William and Kate appeared animated and relaxed as they toured a cultural village exhibition in Honiara, capital of the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, and did not bat an eyelid when they came face to face with a group of topless dancers.
Now the complaint is made, it is up to the French prosecutor to investigate and possibly lay charges over the notorious images published last week in Closer magazine.
Meanwhile, the Irish Daily Star was published today with the threat of closure hanging over it for publishing the topless photographs.
The newspaper did not refer in today's edition to the decision to re run pages from French magazine Closer, the first to publish the images.
show a young couple on vacation, beautiful, love, modern in their normal life."
"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."
to shut down the Irish operation and accused him of double standards on the basis of some of his business interests, including the Women Under Armour Shoes adult Television X channel.
Their appearance came as St James's Palace confirmed that a criminal complaint over the photographs had been lodged this morning, with a civil case seeking damages and an injunction preventing further publication due to be launched later in Paris.
Closer is published by the Mondadori media group which also publishes Chi.
"The complaint concerns the taking of photographs of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge whilst on holiday and the publication of those photographs in breach of their privacy."
Up to 120 permanent and freelance editorial jobs are at risk at the newspaper, which has been operating out of Dublin since its foundation in 1987.
The Irish Daily Star is co owned by publishing magnate Richard Desmond's Northern and Shell and INM, which this year saw billionaire media tycoon Denis O'Brien wrest control of the company and board from the O'Reilly family.
"We can confirm that a criminal complaint has been made to the French Prosecution Department today," a spokeswoman for St James's Palace said.
An investigation by the newspaper's Irish based shareholder, Independent News and Media (INM), is being launched, although it has already warned that it viewed publication as a "poor editorial decision".
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as Italian gossip magazine Chi pressed ahead and published a 26 page spread of topless photos of Kate despite the legal action on behalf of the couple in France.
The Irish Daily Star's decision to publish drew anger from its joint owners Northern and Shell and Independent News and Media (INM), who both denied responsibility.
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The decision was roundly condemned but did not put off the Irish Daily Star carrying the images on Saturday, much to its owners' and the palace's fury.
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A spokesman for INM said the focus today was on getting the investigation into the editorial decision up and running and described lines of communication between the shareholders as fluid.
The palace has said that no decision has been taken on separate legal proceedings in Italy.
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