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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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76.

oBAMa    

The paps... they are everywhere. Big surprise.

707 days ago
77.

jen    

after diana & charles struggled for so long - i have to say that it is sooo sweet to see how catherine & william obviously care for one another when they thought they had some privacy. love them.

707 days ago
78.

mike_in_canada    

First Harry's ass, now Kate Middleton's tits... If I don't see the Queen's bush by the end of the year I'll be really disappointed.

706 days ago
79.

peterfrady    

There is nothing wrong with nude sunbathing, however there is everything wrong with the invasion of privacy. Public figures or not, use of long range lens usage, prosecution should be in order... Or an ass whipping one...?

706 days ago
80.

Denese    

It's unfortunate this happened. I'm sure she's embarrassed, but if you go outside partially clothed, you run the risk someone will notice and take a picture. It's not like the photographer snuck up to the house, stuck the camera thru the window and took a photo of them in the bedroom. THAT would be an invasion of privacy. If she was outside, she took the risk. Can't believe she did this right on the heels of Harry's scandal.

706 days ago
81.

nemesis26    

AWWWWWW..... Such a shame.

Choke it up, you such "Royal" privileged folk.

I wish my grandma had a nephew with a French castle....

706 days ago
82.

Dennie    

So much for Halle Berry's custody case excuse.

706 days ago
83.

Dawn    

The French don't get it..they killed one Princess....why are they trying to destroy another......God...I REALLY HATE FRANCE..... They would be speakin German if it wasn't for the US

706 days ago
84.

Nobody.Puts.Bieber.In.A.Corner    

Are we going to see this post every ****ing day like we did the others? Harvey, TMZ, Stupid ass staff, I'm about to say **** it to your website. This **** has been going downhill for months now. Douchebags!

706 days ago
85.

Who Knew    

Well Halle Berry, there goes your reason to move your kids to France, looks like the Paps are just as bad in France.

706 days ago
86.

Phishie from Philly    

If Harry supposedly was sent to Afghanistan for a friendly game of strip poker in Vegas then what are they going to do with prince William and Kate. I have an idea. Send Harry to the south pole and send Kate to Philly and I will punish her. I will punish her all night long.
..
The real Phishie from Philly

706 days ago
87.

janet    

Sorry but that was just a stupid move on her part. She knows she's going to be followed 24/7.

706 days ago
88.

Don Martin    

OK Let me get this straight. Girl goes out to a place that is in plain view of the media. She goes topless and photos get taken. So tell me Mizz Genius when you flash in public view you expect that no one should look or take photos when they are looking and taking photos of you all the time anyway? If she thinks it is someone else's fault she must be drinking from Harry's cup.

706 days ago
89.

Monica    

OMG, girl, keep your clothes on, you married a royal. What's the big deal, women all over the world walk around with their tops on while vacationing, do you REALLY have to take it off? I mean, REALLY? Please....

706 days ago
90.

Dean    

luv that lol Ok Harry was printed naked why wouldn't they be a little more careful if they didn't want to be caught naked ?
There is nothing wrong with them being naked around each other only confused why tthey expected privacy after Harry . Even an avarage person can be caught naked on cam unnoticed it happened that parents made pics from their kids and had naked people in the background

706 days ago
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