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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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61.

Michael Forever    

Somebody is going to die for leaking those pictures. You don't mess with the queen!

678 days ago
62.

jay    

Why do we care about these people? People who were born lucky. Stop believing in fairytales. They're just people, sheesh..

678 days ago
63.

niteshg    

ever heard of the story The naked Emperor ..... Hahaha ...

678 days ago
64.

roll3567    

I'll never understand this royal obsession. She a beautiful girl and has nothing to be ashamed of. Why are ppl so hung up on titties? Next stop bushville! Do brits shave? I think she has a landing strip.

678 days ago
65.

soandso111    

Good god she is stunningly gorgeous. It's in such a subtle and natural way though, which I absolutely love about her. She makes a phenomenal princess and I'm sure Diana would have loved her. I don't think relaxing in a private home with her husband makes any of us think any less of her... If anything it only further proves how disgusting and boundary-less these paparazzi have become.

678 days ago
66.

jeremy    

she is HOT as F*!K , I hope that she is proud of that perfect bod

678 days ago
67.

Prudu    

Really? Can't this family catch a break? They were on PRIVATE property. Leave them alone. Bottome feeders!

678 days ago
68.

Smarg    

"Vacationing in France"??? Tired from their royal duties??

Thank God we kicked the Brits and their royal asses out.

678 days ago
69.

jrcole    

sorry but all is fair if you get naked and you are a target then you deserve what u get learn to wear clothes dummy.besides she knew the long arm of the camera was going to get her and she still took it off.get real who cares she is just another female topless oh my!!!!!

678 days ago
70.

anony    

SO f#$king what!
Those pics are so fuzzy and from so far away, who cares?

678 days ago
71.

jd    

This is lame.. she did it to herself. You don't want topless pictures of yourself on the internet? Don't go topless.. DUH. Oh and this is as bad as what happened to Princess Diana? I don't think so. For one SHE never went topless even in France.

678 days ago
72.

Brenda    

Why do famous people get naked outside?? If I were famous I would never be caught outside without being covered.I would know that a photographer would be trying to get something on me. Although I feel strongly that this photo should not have been taken in the first place!! Life is like this if your famous, always someone is waiting to get the money shot

678 days ago
73.

JDUB    

That would suck to be stalked by someone with a camera 24/7 and have no expectation of privacy - ever.

678 days ago
74.

LuckeeD    

Sorry, but this was a really dumb move on her part. This royal family should expect that they are being stalked by the paps at all times. Doesn't make it right, but it is what it is. That's what she signed up for. All that fancy titles, money and parties come with a price. And threatening to sue for what? They were OUTSIDE. I wouldn't win a darn thing if I sued for this reason, so why are they special?

678 days ago
75.

bagladey    

Hope the judge in HALLE BERRY'S CASE is taking note of this!

678 days ago
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