In the picture, Kate is seen walking with her husband William during their recent tour of Australia when a gust of wind blows up her dress at the back, exposing her backside. Newspaper Bild has caused controversy by running the image, with one commentator describing the move as “utterly tasteless”.
The picture appeared on a section of the Bild’s website alongside pictures of reality television star Kim Kardashian and her sister Khloe with the caption: “Khloe, Kim and Kate — backsides which have moved us these past few days.”
Text underneath the picture of the Duchess went on: “The royal helicopter rotor blades swirled up the air so that Kate’s summer dress began blowing upwards — affording us a glimpse of her beautiful bum.
“Never have we been so thankful to a helicopter for creating such a wind.”
The item was listed as number one under a section entitled “Top 5 of the day” on the Bild homepage.
The photo was believed to have been taken as Kate boarded a helicopter to Sydney after a tour of the Blue Mountains in New South Wales with Prince William last month.
It is not the first time a publication abroad has provoked controversy over the royal couple’s privacy.
French magazine Closer sparked anger by printing topless images of Kate, 32, while she was sunbathing on a private holiday with William, 31, in September 2012.
In February 2013, Italian gossip title Chi published pictures of Kate when she was around four months pregnant in a bikini while on holiday with her husband in the Caribbean.
Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams condemned the publication of the latest photos. He said: “I think it’s utterly tasteless but it speaks for itself and that was the case with the topless photographs.”
A Kensington Palace spokesman said they had no comment.