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Kate Middleton Topless Pics

Royal Fam FURIOUS,

Threatening Legal Action

9/14/2012 6:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kate Middleton Topless Pics from Closer magazineKate Middleton is furious over the release of topless pics taken while on vacation with Prince William in France ... and now the Royal Family is threatening to sue someone's ass over it.

The pics -- published by the French magazine Closer -- show Kate taking off her bikini top while hanging out with William last week at a chateau owned by the Queen's nephew, Lord Linley.

Moments after the pic went public, the Royal Family issued a scathing statement ... saying "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."

In the statement, the Royal Fam said the incident is "reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of Diana, Princess of Wales" ... who died in a car crash while fleeing from the paparazzi in France back in 1997.

The Royal statement continued, "Their royal highnesses had every expectation of privacy in the remote house. It is unthinkable that anyone should take such photographs, let alone publish them."

"Officials acting on behalf of their royal highnesses are consulting with lawyers to consider what options may be available to the Duke and Duchess."

"The Duke and Duchess remain focused currently on their tour of Singapore, Malaysia, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu on behalf of the Queen."

Closer magazine has a UK version as well, which IMMEDIATELY DISTANCED itself from its French counterpart, saying it would "like to make it clear that the two publications make entirely independent editorial decisions. In this respect the comments made by the Editor of the French edition which have reported in the media today do not reflect the opinions of Closer magazine UK."

"Closer magazine UK takes its obligations under the PCC Code extremely seriously and would never publish topless images of a member of the Royal family on its cover or otherwise."

This is the third time in less than a month a member of the royal family was caught in a photo scandal/ Prince Harry famously partied in the buff in Las Vegas and Prince Philip was caught in an upskirt moment when he wore a kilt (without underwear) to an event in Scotland.

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Nancylee    

Kate has nothing to be ashamed of. Lucky Wills! She is beautiful

709 days ago
17.

Johnnyeyez    

"Look at my titties." (said in a scottish accent)

709 days ago
18.

Sassy    

Prince Harry had wild Vegas fun and his handlers failed if they were truly in the room watching these girls take cellphone pics. But I don't see Harry's as a big deal; it's merely his buttcheeks on display.

Kate and William had their privacy invaded while thinking they were romantically secluded somewhere.

709 days ago
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Pudding Tang    

Gee, maybe keep your clothes on and the pics wouldn't exist. As difficult as that may be to understand these days. ; Or 'OFF WITH THEIR HEAD', after all you are royalty. Keep the order like a real monarchy should. How dare the commoners snap pics of Philip in a skirt letting the jewels air out, Kate tanning the goods and Harry bare arsing it.

709 days ago
20.

lilly    

nice to know they are human and not a robot, let people live their lives, just because they have a title doesn't mean they are not human, oh yea they are married.

709 days ago
21.

oohlala    

Princess Di had more class than to run around topless. If you don't want to be seen, cover it up.

709 days ago
22.

flmermaid    

Whats the big deal over this. In france most of the women go topless at the beach and its normal to look at ladies breasts. Kate had to know she was taking a chance that someone might get a picture of her when outside being topless. Someone in a plane could have flown over and got the naked breast pictures . I think she should be proud of her perky breasts and not take offense to seeing them in the news.

709 days ago
23.

yourmom    

Thats just low rent tmz. Have some class.

709 days ago
24.

Robbin    

On the plus side she's got killer abs.

709 days ago
25.

John    

And when I said in Halle Berry's story about how france is safe because the laws and I said bull**** and people told me I was wrong..

Yeah kiss my ass lol.. its still 20 times worse than here...

709 days ago
26.

Lulubelle    

I went naked swimming with my husband and expected privacy and so should this young married couple. The papparazzi should have more respect but that's impossible to ask. I notice TMZ was chomping to get them out there.
P.S. Pudding Tang, stop screaming.

709 days ago
27.

SiouxCityBoy    

I suspect the photographer would have had to be trespassing on the estate to have gotten the pictures. That should make the taking of the pictures and perhaps the publishing of the same an offense.

709 days ago
28.

northern gypsy    

i'm pretty sure the duchess thought they were in a PRIVATE environment...lesson learned !!! i also agree with comments re:halle berry...perhaps it wouldn't be as intense for her as she not as high profile in europe...

709 days ago
29.

Elle0375    

Hey, Prince William is topless too. Why do people make such a big deal over topless women? I've seen topless men with bigger boobs than her.

709 days ago
30.

Kevin    

I'm just surprised TMZ didn't publish these photos first.

709 days ago
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