Asked about the topless photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge, John Major told the Andrew Marr Show:
"The boundaries have plainly been crossed. I don't think we need to mince words about these photographs. The way they have been obtained is tasteless.
It is the action of a peeping tom. In our country we prosecute peeping toms. That is exactly what they have done and they have been peeping with long lenses from a long way away. They are very distasteful.
I have often in the past been critical of the British media. I thoroughly applaud the fact that they will not touch these pictures with a barge pole. They deserve credit for not doing so. It is a pity that other people overseas have lower standards."