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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are set to spill the beans about their time within the Royal Family in an upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey. In the two-hour special airing on ITV on Monday, the couple are expected to talk about their difficulty dealing with public and press scrutiny, which they have touched on in previous interviews. In a clip released this week, Harry said he feared “history repeating itself” in reference to his late mother Princess Diana.

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However, Harry is not the only royal husband who has been concerned for their partner’s privacy over the years.

Prince William has always been very protective of Kate, requesting that the press leave her alone while they were dating.

However, one breach of privacy in 2012 ‒ the year after their ‒ was particularly egregious to the couple.

Long-lens pictures were taken of the Duchess of Cambridge sunbathing on a terrace of a guest house and were published in a French magazine.

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william kate harry meghanPrince William and Kate were furious about the long-lens photographs (Image: GETTY / CBS)

kate middleton prince williamKate and William on their Diamond Jubilee tour in 2012 (Image: GETTY)

The royal couple were on holiday in Provence, France, at the time and staying at a chateau owned by the Queen’s nephew Lord Linley.

The Cambridges were taking a break ahead of the Diamond Jubilee tour of southeast Asia and the South Pacific on behalf of the Queen.

Officials who toured with them in Malaysia claimed they were furious and hurt by the publication of the photos.

William and Kate reportedly did not know anything about the pictures until the magazine’s website showed an image of its new front cover with a heavily-pixelated image of a woman that it claimed was the Duchess in a bikini, about to remove her top.

prince william kate middletonWilliam and Kate in Singapore for the Diamond Jubilee tour (Image: GETTY)

A couple of days later, the French magazine came out with the pictures of Kate on the cover.

It was reported that photos were offered to British newspapers but they all turned them down.

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