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Kate Middleton


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.

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Years ago, Caroline of Monaco sued the press for publishing photos of her while shopping in a supermarket. Her lawyer stated that her public duties could not justify this intrusion in her private life.

The court ruled in her favor and they even introduced a new law in France protecting everyone's privacy from the aggressive press. And now this? Hopefully Kate and William will have good chances with the French justice.

715 days ago


It is quite clear that the French press has violated their own laws regarding photographing celebs. It is quite clear from looking at the pics that Will & Kate THOUGHT THEY WERE SOMEWHERE PRIVATE AND ALONE. WASN'T THIS LITTE VACATION SUPPOSED TO HAVE BEEN A 2ND HONEYMOON? Real classy France! Especially since PRINCESS DI was murdered due to the FRENCH PHOTOGS WHO WOULD NOT LET PRINCESS DI HAVE ANY PRIVACY OF HER OWN. AND RUTHLESSLY FOLLOWING HER EVERY MOVE IN FRANCE.

715 days ago


Just because they were able to get the pics doesn't make it right. The whole thing is disgusting

715 days ago


i believe everyone should have rights to their privacy but when you are a person of such high rankings in society then you should know better than to be walking around missing key peices of clothing. As there could and most certinly will be a camera wating somewhere to snap a shot. Yes you should have prvacy but yes you should of known better expecially being a princess.

715 days ago


If I looked like Kate Middleton, I wouldn't care who saw my breasts..
As the saying goes, if you've got it, flaunt it!

715 days ago


this will just make sure everyone will see the photos now

715 days ago

the sea    

Weren't there topless pics of her on a boat before they were married? So now she is royal it's special?

no biggie---and yes,I mean her boobs

714 days ago


I've seen them and the royal teats aren't anything to get excited about. Very small.

714 days ago


Private estate or no, if you don't want topless photos of yourself, don't go topless outside of closed doors.
That said, I wouldn't want to be in that publisher's shoes. I like Kate, and don't want to see her glories.
She will be vilified merely for wanting some overall sun.We should all just get over the bare body thing. It's far more accepted in Europe.

714 days ago

Mason H    

Pretty straight forward.. if you don't wanna be seen naked... don't go outside naked!

I hope the magazine releases their "royal" asses having sex. Way to embrace your new found royalty by acting a spoiled little princess. Once a peasant always a peasant.

Royalty's only royalty because at one time they killed everyone else that stood in their way. Long live the Queen, right? :fp:

714 days ago


They may have a problem, depending on the law. If you have your curtains open in your house, anyone is free to photograph what they can see, as long as they are not physically trespassing, because it is public air. If those same curtains are closed, but someone can peak through a small opening with a telephoto lens, that is not considered public domain, because you had the expectation of privacy. Therefore, even though they were on private property, it is still public air because they were outside, so anyone with a telephoto lens, or flying over in aircraft, or sailing by in a boat are within their rights to photograph what they can see in public air.

What is somewhat perplexing, is why they didn't take the same position with the pictures taken of Harry, because he was inside a private dwelling, and had the expectation of privacy, just as you would in a bedroom. That was absolutely, without question, illegal publication of invasion of privacy. Had he been in a public airspace, he would not have that privacy, but he was in a private dwelling, and he is entitled to that privacy.

714 days ago


By topless, do you mean they cut off her head?

714 days ago

patty r    

I hope they sue those s*** out of business! The french frog paparazzo are the ones who killed her mother in law. I can understand that they are fare game when out in public, but she was in a private setting not on some nude beach!!!

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