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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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46.

Bella    

Go get em gurl! Dang pepe le pew French media !!!

738 days ago
47.

CloBird    

TMZ, you need to learn an important lesson. There is no Queen of England. The separate English realm ended in 1707 under the Act of Union, when England and Scotland united to form the UNITED KINGDOM.
The couple are the future King and Queen Consort of the UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN and NORTHERN IRELAND along with 15 other Commonwealth realms. Be intelligent and start using PROPER, CORRECT terms!

The editor of Closer needs to take a look at what happened to Paris Match. Both Princess Caroline of Monaco and Sarah, Duchess of York sued the publication and WON. There are LIMITS.

738 days ago
48.

karen1459    

And to Halle Berry....this is from the very country that willleave you alone.
Kinda blows that theory out the window to take a child from her father.

738 days ago
49.

Sienna Sacha    

Maybe if she wasn't prancing around without a shirt this wouldn't be a problem. . skank

738 days ago
50.

Demode    

To all of you who say that Kate will "never become Queen"... that isn't exactly true. Kate will be known as the Queen while William is King. The reason that Prince Phillip is not "King" is because of his gender. The same rule does not apply to the title of Queen. However, if William steps down from the throne, or dies while in power, and one of his children becomes King or Queen, Kate will step down as Queen, and be known as the "Queen Mother". This is what happened with Queen Elizabeth's mother (who was known as the Queen when her husband was King), and the same thing will happen with Kate.

738 days ago
51.

Melanie    

This pictures were taking when they were in a PRIVATE property. Kate topless photo has broken French privacy laws. The French rights are absolute and enshrined in the country's constitution. They ban not only the disclosure of a person's private life but also forbid the "theft of personal image", which technically bans paparazzi taking photos even in public places. French Closer magazine has breached the privacy of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and could face prosecution under criminal law for "fixing, recording or transmitting the image of a person in a private place without their consent". The maximum sanction is imprisonment and a €45,000 fine.

738 days ago
52.

Rhonda    

Have any of these celebrities ever considered keeping the nudity behind closed doors???? They are more than aware that photogs are after any pics they can get, yet they still insist on going nude outdoors and crying when they are caught doing so!

738 days ago
53.

Thomas Jefferson    

Does anyone really care?

738 days ago
54.

Lara    

Wow! Unreal! So, according to the media, if she were to walk naked in her house and just bc it's visible from a public street-it's ok to snap photos. I hope Middleton bankrupts this company.

738 days ago
55.

HRH Prince Michael    

@Ellie0375: Clearly, you're quite familiar with the "Day Pass" program. Your doctor must be so proud.
Seriously? Watch. Watch.


@Knuckledragger: Mocking me, I easily tolerate.
Mocking, The House of David, Mocking, The Most Blessed Christ King Yeshua, Mocking The True and Living Yahweh? See your physician ASAP, heathen. It might not be too late. Bitch.

738 days ago
56.

Sincerity    

I'm not familiar with the laws that regulate stalkers and the paps in France, but I seriously doubt Closer would have published these pictures, if they were obtained illegally. Common sense should have told both William and Kate that "PAPS ARE EVERYWHERE" and they will go to "ANY LENGTH" to get "MONEY SHOTS"!!! In all fairness, they should just say, "OUR BAD" and LET IT GO!!! They weren't in the U.K. where the press respects their titles nor were they traveling in France in any official capacity. Letting it "ALL HANG OUT" outdoors within range of a pap's camera lens was just "PLAIN STUPID" on their part.

738 days ago
57.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

This country declared our independence from those people a long time ago.

738 days ago
58.

IceGypsy    

"According to Pieau, there's nothing embarrassing about the pics -- they simply depict a happy young couple in love."

Nothing embarrassing, however, she neglects to mention it was a gross invasion of privacy. As an editor of a major publication, she would know the rules. The laws there are very strict when it comes to privacy laws.

I think it was to get people talking about the magazine more than anything. She should, and will be prosecuted for her actions.

738 days ago
59.

Steve    

I know Kate has the right of privacy, but she should have known that She and William will be photograhed for now on. I think she thought about being married in Royalty and being scrutnized as her late mother-in -law, Diana had faced

738 days ago
60.

Jacqui    

Good for Kate! She was at a private residence....that $hit should be illegal.

738 days ago
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