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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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31.

Mitzymitzy    

Invasion of privacy. She was in her family's home. They were not in public. Shut the magazine down. You can't just go into someone's backyard and take photos and publish them. Wrong on all levels.

713 days ago
32.

jetfanglo    

ur 1 of the royals......paps r EVERYWHERE........all the time when they r out............so?....and?................u gotta watch what u do..........THAT'S the price.........boo-friggin'-hoo................oh,well

713 days ago
33.

BORAT    

very nice, how much?

713 days ago
34.

STFUP    

Going topless in Southern France is not unusual. This case has no merit. The royals will lose.

713 days ago
35.

Meme    

I don't think I care too much about this. We should all know by now that Brits are running all over the globe with their teets and arses hanging out. I can understand why she'd be pissed but there isn't much to see anyway.

713 days ago
36.

PaulSchubert    

The woman deserves respect and privacy. Yes, she is a public figure, but there has to be a line drawn somewhere to stop the photo-perverts who have no ethical standards as to what they do to make money. I don't buy the BS that she was in a location for any passing auto to see.

713 days ago
37.

Danielle    

I never realized how long it takes the French to say something.

713 days ago
38.

Jacqueline    

Poor couple can't have ANY privacy. Just leave them be

713 days ago
39.

Stef    

Well Halle Berry will enjoy going to France, there are no photographers there?The law is different they dont hound you!Think again
LOL feel bad for Kate but pay the piper,she invited the paparazzi in her life when she married a prince.
Pictures will be snapped up in seconds lot's of money involved she should have known better.Everyone is watching and waiting..................

713 days ago
40.

janet    

The damage is already done. I don't agree with the photos but they better get used to it. If she want's to go topless she knows now to keep that inside.


She knows she will be followed and photoed 24/7. That's just simply the way it is. Don't agree with it but she knew that going in.

713 days ago
41.

Alyssa    

Sue their pants off. Send a message to all these paps to back off when they are in a private location.

713 days ago
42.

jl    

Keep your top on slut. Diana was out whoring around with a international playboy.....slut! Quit being sluts and bad things won't hapen. I didn't and don't feel bad for people that act like their perfect when their not even close to it. Royal sluts!

713 days ago
43.

Tdotchick    

Kate wasn't on the beaches of France, she was at a private estate. The pictures are obviously taken from quite a distance. They are an invasion of privacy!

713 days ago
44.

purejuice    

i think prince william feels strongly his mother was killed by the paparazzi and that he will prosecute every breach he can. he has the motivation and the money.

713 days ago
45.

Truth    

ZZZZzzzzz!!!! JUST SAW THE PICS UNCENSORED. YAAAAWWWN, TOTAL BOREDOM. SHE'S LIKE A SMALL B-CUP BIG DEAL... VERY, VERY TAME! NOT EVEN TO THE STANDARDS OF PLAYBOY LET ALONE PENTHOUSE. IF THIS WAS A FOTOSHOOT WOULDN'T PAY HER 2 PENCE, IF THAT. IMAGINE A TWEENER TAKING OFF HER BRA - PRETTY MUCH THE SAME EXCEPT SHE'S 30. "ROYAL FAMILY" NEEDS TO GET OVER IT. #TRUTH!!

713 days ago
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