The Press Complaints Commission in Britain has upheld Elle Macpherson's complaint that Hello! magazine violated her privacy by publishing pictures of the model with her children on a private beach.

The commission, a voluntary watchdog group formed by British publishers, decided that Macpherson had a reasonable expectation of privacy because the pictures were taken while the family was vacationing on Mustique, a private island in the Caribbean.

The photographs were published Aug. 29.

The commission's ruling, issued Jan. 29, said the magazine's editor offered to write an apology to the 43-year-old Macpherson and said Hello! wouldn't use the pictures again.

The commission rules on complaints against publications that may have violated the commission's code of practice, which is periodically reviewed by editors in the newspaper and magazine industry. It cannot impose fines on offending publications, but the commission requires them to print its adjudications with due prominence.