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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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76.

jpm4444    

She has very small breasts so I'm sure it's not a huge deal; she's very skinny.

584 days ago
77.

RUSTTI    

When you are outside,even on private property..whey would someone in their right mind think it is safe to go topless?People peep through bushes all of the time,especially if you are famous! lol

584 days ago
78.

Carl    

They should argue that it is in the public's interest to determine if the future queen of England will be able to properly feed the royal issue that will become the next king or queen.

584 days ago
79.

bittybaby    

Dear France,
You already killed William's mother. Please leave his beautiful wife alone. She should be able to sunbathe topless on a PRIVATE estate without intrusion if she desires.
You suck!

584 days ago
80.

Big D    

If you don't want pictures of your tits published then keep your damn top on when you're outside. She knows she is a target for photo's so it's her own damn fault.

584 days ago
81.

whocares    

If you are a celebrity in any way. A to D list, when is walking around topless or taking nude pics and having someone find them etc NOT GOING TO MAKE NEWS?!?!?! COME ON!!!!!!!

584 days ago
82.

jen    

is her name still kate middleton? screw the boob shots, i'm hot, young and beautiful, but damn i will sue TMZ and anyone else that doesn;t call me by my new and royal title......that would make me madder than a picture of my perky little teets

584 days ago
83.

Sissy    

Why do you keep calling her Kate Middleton? She's married! She is Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

584 days ago
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Lovin Life    

They were in a PRIVATE residence....NOT on a PUBLIC beach, resort, etc. I think it is insane for a magazine to print pictures of any individual that was in a private residence. The Royal Family should sue them...put their asses out of business. Laurence Pieau should be a ashamed of herself. And now she is eluding to having pictures of the couple having sex. I am sure she does...they were probably taken from some paparazzi using a high power lens through the homes windows...DISGRACE!!!

584 days ago
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Lovin Life    

They were in a PRIVATE residence....NOT on a PUBLIC beach, resort, etc. I think it is insane for a magazine to print pictures of any individual that was in a private residence. The Royal Family should sue them...put their asses out of business. Laurence Pieau should be a ashamed of herself. And now she is eluding to having pictures of the couple having sex. I am sure she does...they were probably taken from some paparazzi using a high power lens through the homes windows...DISGRACE!!!

584 days ago
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charles    

Does that mean I can run around in my yard naked, and because it is a private estate, expect no one to take pictures? If it can be viewed from a public street, waterway, public access, there is no privacy. They are stupid for putting themselves in that position anyway

584 days ago
87.

agold    

Good news for Halle's ex.

584 days ago
88.

Anne    

Ah, this is just one of those things I don't understand... She should be aware that anyone could be watching her at any time, despite where she is. Not saying this is 'right', but she should know better. The photographers are idiots either way, but she isn't. If I was in her shoes, I'd realize that anything is possible.

584 days ago
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Rose    

What purpose does this serve???? A couple cannot just be themselves in private without someone creeping behiind the bushes taking pictures? This is really frightening...If camera's did this- what about guns? This is a saftey issue more than it is privacy!

584 days ago
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someone_uno    

Good for her!

584 days ago
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