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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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Delaware D    

BEST DAY OF MY LIFE!!!

736 days ago
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Alexis    

HAHA! I guess the royals can't keep their clothes on.

736 days ago
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Gita    

Why show it all and then be FURIOUS??????? Girl you are an attention seeker. Just in brace it. Besides you know you look good.

736 days ago
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jo    

Kate was also seen smoking which validates what many of us have been saying and partly the reason along with the sun worshiping why she looks older than she is. Lainey Gossip stated not too long ago that she had quit...not very accurate obviously.

Here is a link to another article on the story
http://www.canoe.ca/Canoe/Royal/news/2012/09/14/20198266.html

736 days ago
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The Atlanta Church Of Satan     

Naked people never had much political influence anyway. She is a beautiful girl.

736 days ago
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mebrat24    

I see the bottom feeder tmz has no problem doing it either.

736 days ago
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STFUP    

"the Royal Family is threatening to sue someone's ass over it."
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Yeah - good luck with that. If the photos were taken from a public road (i.e. Not on the property), then they have NO case.

736 days ago
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jack-55d79    

I think they had a reasonable expectation of privacy. It's obviously taken and cropped from extreme telephoto. The Harry photos were unfortunate but inevitable. There is nothing inevitable about those photos.

736 days ago
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Stew    

Sorry but if you are a public figure and you are out in the open, and you decide to go topless..... well, that is your own fault.

736 days ago
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JimmyB    

Well....DUHHHHHHHHHH. What were the odds?

736 days ago
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Nvts    

Come on TMZ...lets see the nips

736 days ago
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QE2    

I don't blame them for being really angry over this. And this is the country where Halle Berry thinks that the paps are better than in the US? Not really.

736 days ago
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Stew    

sorry, but if you are out in the open and decide to go topless...and you also happen to be a public figure, well it's your own fault.

736 days ago
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ManiacalZebra    

So much for Halle Berry's claim that she and her daughter are safe from the paps in France. That argument just went down in flames.

736 days ago
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BlueBelleh    

Ummm,if Prince William hadn't been standing with her, I would have never realized that was girl in the photo was Kate.

736 days ago
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