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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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91.

Heather    

Not much to see here, move alone folks :)

736 days ago
92.

DaveT    

Haha society has a conniption fit over something as minor as a body part showing...oh no!....a breast!....we're all going to hell!...hellfire and brimstone to all nakedness :D

736 days ago
93.

janja    

I think they should print them around the freaking world. People who lay out like that and are famous should expect that someone is looking for the money shot and shut the hell up

736 days ago
94.

azneck1    

Very nice! Now we're talkin'!

736 days ago
95.

Quinn    

It's appalling how much paps invade the privacy of others

736 days ago
96.

Brenda    

Princess Kate is young, she's beautiful, and who cares?

736 days ago
97.

Johhny Canuck    

Next time, keep your royal boobies covered when in France!

736 days ago
98.

Becky    

They are just boobs, why all the fuss?

736 days ago
99.

buzz kill    

Now, can we get it in a life size poster?

736 days ago
100.

Natacha    

She knows shes being watched. Your half naked outside of your home, someone will see you. Don't complain, you knew it could happen.

736 days ago
101.

Sonja    

Or here is a thought, if you a member of the Royal Family or someone in a position where image is important ... keep your f*cking clothes on!

736 days ago
102.

Mel    

I'd be pissed off too! They are in a private home, minding their own business as a married couple they are doing nothing wrong!! The paps should be charged with invasion of privacy!!

736 days ago
103.

Jason    

Europeans have been calling American's "sexually uptight" for years. Who's acting uptight now?! They're just boobs!

736 days ago
104.

MelissaU    

If they don't want to have topless or nude pictures of them publicized then don't take your clothes off in public OR around people who would possibly take pictures....hello?!

736 days ago
105.

Alex Ramenzoni    

Just missing the pics! Lol. I found them here: http://www.elhombre.com.br/o-topless-de-kate-middleton/

736 days ago
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