Kate Middleton topless photos: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to sue

Published Friday, Sep 14 2012, 18:03 BST  |  By  |  4 comments
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have launched legal action after a French magazine published images of Kate Middleton topless.

French magazine Closer announced today its intention to publish images of Kate sunbathing topless which were taken while she was on a private holiday in Provence, France with Prince William.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge depart from Kuala Lumpur Airport to travel to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, as part of a nine-day tour of the Far East and South Pacific, in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
Picture date: Friday September 14, 2012. See PA story ROYAL Jubilee. Photo credit should read: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

© Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire



Clarence House said this evening that the royals will sue over what they have described as a "grotesque and totally unjustifiable" invasion of their privacy.

"St James's Palace confirms that legal proceedings for breach of privacy have been commenced today in France by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge against the publishers of Closer Magazine France," said a spokesperson.

Kate Middleton in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 14.09.12

© Rex Features



A St James's Palace spokesperson earlier told Reveal: "Their Royal Highnesses have been hugely saddened to learn that a French publication and a photographer have invaded their privacy in such a grotesque and totally unjustifiable manner.

"The incident is reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, and all the more upsetting to The Duke and Duchess for being so.

"Their Royal Highnesses had every expectation of privacy in the remote house. It is unthinkable that anyone should take such photographs, let alone publish them.

"Officials acting on behalf of Their Royal Highnesses are consulting with lawyers to consider what options may be available to The Duke and Duchess."

The Duchess of Cambridge attends a British High Commission reception at Eden Hall in Singapore, as part of a nine-day tour of the Far East and South Pacific, with the Duke of Cambridge, in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
Picture date: Wednesday September 12, 2012. See PA story ROYAL Jubilee. Photo credit should read: Ian Vogler/Daily Mirror/PA Wire

© Ian Vogler/Daily Mirror/PA Wire



However, the spokesperson added that despite the situation the couple remain focused on their current tour of Singapore, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Malaysia.

Meanwhile, the editor of the French magazine has defended their decision to publish the images, calling the reaction to the pictures "a little disproportionate" and insisting they did not view them as "shocking".

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