"If I wasn't capable of recognising the true value of a scoop I would do better to go and sell artichokes at the market," he told the ANSA news agency, adding that he did not ask Berlusconi's permission to print the images.
A palace spokesperson declined to comment on whether the royal family was launching legal action against either Chi or the Irish Daily Star.
"All proportionate responses will be kept under review," she said.Daily Star's decision condemnedUnlike Mondadori, the two media groups that jointly own the Irish Daily Star condemned its decision to run the pictures.Britain's Northern and Shell group said it was taking "immediate steps" to shut down the joint venture with Dublin-based publisher Independent News and Media which runs the Irish Daily Star.
The tabloid's editor, Mike O'Kane, admitted that he was running the pictures to sell more papers, and said he had treated Catherine as he would any other celebrity."She's not the future queen of Ireland so really the only place this is causing fury seems to be in the UK," he told the BBC.The palace has said the couple "remain focused" on their nine-day southeast Asian and Pacific tour marking Queen Elizabeth's 60 years on the throne, which on Sunday took the couple, who are both 30, to the lush Solomon Islands.
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