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Kate Middleton

SUES MAGAZINE

Over Topless Pics

9/14/2012 9:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Kate Middleton and Prince William have declared war on the French magazine that published naked photos of the future Queen of England -- filing a lawsuit today against the publication.

A rep for St. James's Palace released a statement saying that "legal proceedings for breach of privacy have been commenced today in France" by the royal couple.

So far, it's unclear what relief they are seeking.

As we reported, the family had threatened legal action over the topless photos published today by France's Closer magazine, showing a topless Kate on vacation with Prince William recently.

Now, they've made good on their word.

Moments after the pic went public, the Royal Family issued a statement, claiming, "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."

For the magazine's part -- Closer's editor Laurence Pieau has spoken out, calling the media "hypocritical" for condemning her decision to run the pictures.

Story developing ... 

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Sam    

Seems like if she was out in public, they have no case.

580 days ago
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whatevs    

This otta be good....

580 days ago
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Wow ...    

She was in a private estate, not in public. Good for the Royal Family suing!

580 days ago
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DaveT    

How lame, let's all get naked and walk around in the buff, body parts are body parts, our repressive attitude towards nudity and sex have created this ridiculous atmosphere of having big fits every time a body part shows.
Never fails, the more you keep something hidden away, the more people want to see it, and will over react to it when they do.

580 days ago
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Brooke    

This should be good. She's going to find out that no one outside of Britain gives a f*ck about her and William.

580 days ago
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Hamptonsdude    

She doesn't have any breasts. What's the difference? Her nipples are public domain.

580 days ago
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Anonymous    

It would be nice to know what the fine points of British and French law are here. Their laws are probably a lot more strict than ours.

580 days ago
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Joao    

The horses are out the barn, locking the gate afterwards is stupid. If they're suing the French paper than TMZ should have been sued for releasing the naked pictures of Harry.

580 days ago
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Mike44090    

I tried to go to the Closer Magazines website and they are down for technical difficulties. I wonder if they are overloaded or if the French govt. shut them down. http://www.closeronline.co.uk/

580 days ago
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Blue    

Maybe she should sue to have whom ever took those photos stand naked on the street corner for a week, and see how they like it.

580 days ago
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Debbie    

If you don't want naked or topless photos being published don't do it. If you're in public it can be published.

580 days ago
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magica    

Next on the topless to do list: Pippa! I can't wait.

580 days ago
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SMASHED    

She should sue you slimebags too cause you want the whole world to find out the pictures exist. #DISPACABLE

580 days ago
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janet    

She knows she will be followed and photoed 24/7 That was a dumb move on her part. She should have known better there was a very real chance photos would be taken.

580 days ago
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Gretel    

I'm with them. I can just see some unwashed Frenchman with a cigarette dangling out of mouth biding his time rubbing one off and just waiting for the money shot. I hope it can be proven he was trespassing. I get it, they're breasts, really no big deal, every mammal has them in one form or another, but that was done for financial gain and to humiliate the royal family.

580 days ago
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