Kate Middleton is trying to put the topless photo scandal aside as she enjoys her south Asian tour with husband, Prince William. The couple took a tour around Borneo and had an adventurous day at the rainforest.
While topless photos of Middleton swirl around the internet after they were published in French magazine Closer, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took to Borneo to explore the canopy of the rainforest in Sabah. The royal couple toured the Danum Valley research center in the Malaysian city and enjoyed a walk along the 984-foot long canopy bridge.
They were strapped in harnesses and given helmets to wear before being hoisted 130 feet above the ground with a rope and pulley system, so that they could get a different view of the rainforest. Middleton wasn't nervous about the adventure. Before being hoisted she said "I'm going to go "whee" and fly the way up," according to the Daily Mail.
Middleton and Prince William enjoyed the adventure immensely.
"That was rather surreal, wasn't it?' said the Duchess. 'It was amazing, such a treat, really brilliant to be up there. I could have stayed up there for hours, even though there were a lot of ants."
Middleton and Prince William arrived from Kota Kinabalu by helicopter, which allowed them to take in excellent views of the Imbrak Canyon and the Malibu basin which has a seven-tier waterfall.
Tenku Adlin, a Malaysian Prince flew with the couple in the helicopter.
"They enjoyed it immensely, they asked lots of questions about primates, birds and insects, and Kate was taking a lot of photos," Adlin told the Daily Mail.
Middleton may not have worn much during her visit to Provence in the south of France, when she was photographed without her bikini top, however she was dressed appropriately for the rainforest adventure. She wore khakis and sturdy hiking boots.
Middleton and the Prince were educated on the destruction of the rainforests that have occurred due to corruption. The Royal Society, of which Prince William is a fellow, carries out research on the impact of deforestation.
The two took a walk along the jungle, were Middleton had a slightly scary moment when a leach latched onto her leg. However, she didn't panic.
"She dealt with it very calmly and just bent down and picked it off," their tour guide Dr. Reynolds told the Daily Mail.
The Duke and Duchess had some privacy at a lodge in the afternoon where they enjoyed an eight-course lunch of local delicacies. After lunch, they were able to see an orangutan family with their lodge guide.
Although angered and upset by the publication of private photos, the couple are determined to carry on with their business and finish the nine-day Asian tour.
'"The Duke and Duchess are hugely disappointed by what has happened but both feel very strongly that it should be business as usual," a close source told the Daily Mail.
"They feel it has been a great success so far and have thoroughly enjoyed the places they have visited and the people they have met," he said.
The couple is taking legal action against Closer magazine, which published he photos of Middleton topless.