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Kate Middleton


Over Topless Pics

9/14/2012 9:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

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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indian girl    

They were on a PRIVATE holiday at a PRIVATE house owned by relatives. This is such a gross invasion of privacy - it is disgusting. Don't the french media remember 15 years ago when their colleagues were responsible for the car chase resulting in William's mother's death? Have they not learnt anything? The British media at least have and respect the privacy of the royals when they are not "on duty".

767 days ago


Get over it by taking another vacation in one of the other two dozen castles you have accessibility to be "hugely saddened" occupying...

767 days ago


those french are no damn good

767 days ago


The Royals are broke. I'm pretty sure this was a cheap trick to show boobs so they can sue somebody with money. Royals are a bunch of con artists.

767 days ago


OK there are entirely too many people commenting who apparently cannot read. She was not out in public. They were on a private estate. Therefore, she was not 'asking for it'!

On a side note, seems to me Jennifer Aniston sued over something similar - she was sunbathing nude in her own back yard and a tabloid published those photos. Not sure of the outcome of that lawsuit.

767 days ago


Can we see them??

767 days ago

arale norimaki    

But let me tell you something, folks: You can't fix stupid. There's not a pill you can take; there's not a class you can go to. Stupid is forever.

you were out in public everybody saw you dumb itch

767 days ago


Bet Halle Berry won't be using this in her case. Looks like French mags are NOT more considerate than American ones. This private intrusion is unacceptable for anyone. I can't even imagine why the Closer would think publishing these ill gotten pics was a good idea, but I hope they lose their pants over it. Pun intended. ;)

767 days ago


I find it unbelievable that the British taxpayers have to pay anything for this couple to do nothing more than look perfect and vacation....I don't get it...doesn't everyone have enough problems without having to see these two?

767 days ago

indian girl    

btw I hope tmz has some morals and does not publish these photos. Here's a chance for you guys to prove you are more decent than the gutter media trying to profit off these photos. You can discuss the controversy without having to capitalize on it.

767 days ago

HRH Prince Michael    

The House of David wholly supports The House of Windsor in their proper and fitting legal actions.

With, The True and Living Yahweh as My Witness:
For OVER a decade, The House of David has been subjected to grossly immoral, sickening, and patently Anti-American invasions of Privacy.
Committed by, Federal Agencies, aided and abetted by Media, Corporate, and "Religious" entities.

AS, The Lord God Lives: ALL individuals, parties, and organizations involved in these -and countless other- Human Rights violations, MUST EXPECT SEVERE AND LASTING CONSEQUENCES - without exception.

Daniel Twelve;1 is HERE,
Proverbs Twelve;7 is NOW,
Zechariah Twelve;8 is NOW,
St. Mark Twelve;36 is NOW:
The Most Blessed Christ King Yeshua reigns!
ALL, for The Greater Glory of The True and Living Yahweh!

767 days ago


Kate Middleton will never be future Queen of England. She can only be Princess, so you need to change what you wrote. It goes Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry unless Prince William has a child in which then that child would be King before Harry. 8-)

767 days ago


Thats probably not a bad idea, Im just glad I got to see them before this whole mess started.

767 days ago


They were not out in public. They were at a remote private residence.
BTW, she is not the future Queen. If that was the way it worked, Prince Phillip would be King Phillip, but he is not and never will be King and she will never be Queen.

767 days ago


According to Closer's site " is currently experiencing technical difficulties and we are working to rectify the fault."

Statement from Paul Keenan, Chief Executive of Bauer Media "Bauer Media and Closer UK regards publication of these photographs as a gross intrusion of their Royal Highnesses’ privacy."

So basically the site is down, photos are being removed, and heads are probably rolling at the moment....

767 days ago
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