Celebrity gossip magazine Closer published a dozen shots of the Duchess of Cambridge on holiday in southern France as she slipped off her bikini top, relaxed on a sun lounger and at one point pulled down the back of her bikini bottoms while William rubbed sun cream on her lower back. Click here to see Kate magazine photos. A court in Nanterre near Paris said the royal couple's lawyer had filed a motion to expedite the procedure, and Closer's publishers would be heard on Monday.
Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge have been awardedeuros in damages after topless photos of Kate were published in the French media. Presiding judge Florence Lasserre-Jeannin also instructed regional newspaper La Provencewhich printed images of the Duchess in her swimwear, to pay 3, euros in damages during the hearing at the Tribunal de Grande Instance de Nanterre. William and Kate have been awarded damages following the publication of topless photos.
Prince William is said to be furious after a French magazine published topless photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge. Officials at St James's Palace said "a red line has been crossed" after the French version of celebrity magazine Closer published what it described as exclusive pictures of Kate topless under the headline: "Seulement dans Closer: Kate et William, leurs vacances tres hot en Provence. They were apparently taken on the terrace of a guest house during a brief holiday in France last week.
On behalf of the Duke and Duchess, French barrister Jean Veil made the demand on the opening day of the criminal trial against Closer magazine and the photographers that took the photos, which began on Tuesday in Nanterre, a Paris suburb. The photos in question, which show Middleton topless on her hotel balcony, were taken of via a long-lens during their vacation in the South of France and were subsequently published in France's Closer magazine. When they presented Prince George to the world.
Back inKate Middleton and Prince William were vacationing in France when they had their privacy breached by photographers. Middleton was sunbathing topless on a terrace when photographers captured the private moment with telephoto lenses and published the photos in both the French magazine Closer and a local newspaper called La Provence. The photos were then leaked to other publications, much to the dismay of Kate and Prince William — and rightfully so.
Another twist to the naked royals story; William Foxton, writing for The Telegraphdiscusses how photos of Kate Middleton have boosted the fortunes of online porn sites - and reveals that pictures of Prince William naked are also apparently being offered to publishers. Whether or not any source will dare to publish more is difficult to say - despite threats of legal action from the Palace, a Danish magazine went one step further than Closer by printing shots of the Duchess of Cambridge fully naked. Foxton continues: "We all know there's a huge market for celebrity snaps — and especially for nude or racy celeb pictures.
Topless photos of the duchess were printed five years ago: they showed her sunbathing by a pool in her bikini bottoms during a September holiday with her husband. The images were taken with a long lens some distance away from the property where they were staying - a chateau belonging to Viscount Linley, a nephew of Queen Elizabeth II. The pictures were not published in Britain following a furious response by the royal family there. In Ireland, the Irish Daily Star controversially ran with the snaps - a decision that eventually led to the resignation of its editor, Michael O'Kane.
Yesterday, a judge ordered French magazine Closer to pay Kate Middleton and Prince Williameuros in damages and two staffers an additional 90, euros in fines for publishing topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge. It was a fraction of what they asked for— 1. It was the end of a long and tenuous legal journey for the royals, which began inwhen a sunbathing Middleton took off her top at a acre estate in Provence.
The revealing pictures of Kate in Closer, a popular gossip magazine, were blurry and shot from a distance. The publication claimed they were taken on a guesthouse terrace in France where the couple vacationed earlier this month. The first major press incident involving William and Kate brought back memories of Diana being hounded by paparazzi in France in the hours and days before her fatal car crash there in