French President Nicolas Sarkozy and new wife said to be fuming
Carla Bruni was left red-faced following the release of a nude photo of her on Tuesday – the day before she met the Queen.
The model, 40, is accompanying her husband, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, on a 2-day state visit to Britain.
Yesterday she met The Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, the Duchess Of Cornwall Camilla Parker Bowles and PM Gordon Brown, 57.
It shows Carla in a full-frontal pose and is believed to have caused her and Nicolas considerable diplomatic embarrassment.
‘Carla is very angry, not to say deeply upset, that a commercial organisation has chosen to release this print at such a time,’ a source tells The Sun.
‘She is spitting blood, it is so inappropriate. Her priority is to establish herself as a First Lady that France can be proud of.’
Christie’s defended its decision to release the picture, along with nudes of Giselle Bundchen, 27, and Kate Moss, 34.
‘It’s a work of art. It was shot in 1993 when Miss Bruni was a model and it’s a tasteful nude portrait executed by a well-known, respectable artist,’ spokeswoman Milena Sales tells the Daily Mail.
Carla married Nicolas, 53, last month after a whirlwind romance.