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Duchess Kate Middleton, Prince William Win Case Against French Mag Closer

Duchess Kate (Catherine) and Prince William scored a major victory against French magazine Closer who were the first to publish the topless photos. ‘Closer’ has reportedly been ordered to turn over all digital copies of the topless, sunbathing photos within 24 hours.

The decision, which called the pictures a “brutal display,” says the French magazine Closer must pay a fine of $13,100 for every day it fails to hand over the pictures, and the magazine can no longer disseminate them.

It is a largely symbolic victory, since pictures that get out in the digital world can really never be removed and since two other publications have published them in Ireland and Italy and the ruling has no effect on them.

“The Duchess would be no different to any other celeb pics we would get in, for example Rihanna or Lady Gaga,” said the Daily Star editor Mike O’Kane. “She’s not the future queen of Ireland so really the only place this is causing fury seems to be in the U.K.”

Alfonso Signorini, editor of Chi, added a “non violation of privacy because they were taken from a public space … the photos are absolutely within the confines of the Italian law.”

But the lawyers for the royal family surely were aware of this, and sought to send a message to future publishers and paparazzi about how they should treat the royal family.

“These snapshots which showed the intimacy of a couple, partially naked on the terrace of a private home, surrounded by a park several hundred meters from a public road, and being able to legitimately assume that they are protected from passers-by, are by nature particularly intrusive,” the French ruling decreed. “(They) were thus subjected to this brutal display the moment the cover appeared.”

St. James Palace, the royal’s spokespersons, said the family would also pursue criminal action against the paparazzi who shot the photos.


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  1. Michel Gourd says:

    All Kate Middleton photos must be returned ASAP!

    St James's Palace is suing French magazine Closer for breach of privacy over the publication of topless photos of the duchess! The royal family legal action over media coverage is surprising. In normal time, Royals crave for photos that are their direct link to the taxpayer who pays a big part of the lavish lifestyle they have.

    It's hard to feel sympathy for the Duchess of Cambridge being pictured topless in a French gossip magazine. This is not the first time a member of the Royal Family has been photographed undress. Remember Prince Edward’s wife, the Duchess of York, Princess Diana or Prince Harry? They were all being pictured topless or naked. Why Kate did not sees it might be unwise for a future Queen to sunbathe in this terrace? Remember the couple was visible from the road. Royals should not be notice when they walk naked. This is their true nature.

    The problem is, like movies stars, royals live and die by their popularity rating. They want everybody to see them at weddings and party. The editor of Closer could be a victim, not an aggressor. Laurence Pieau is use to work with rich and famous people craving for publicity but the beautiful an in love couple in the south of France was Royals, not movies stars.

    Sending the cops to paparazzi can make Royals less desirable picture subject. If Royals make the police arrest reporters, they will not be there to take pictures of their beautiful lifestyle! Will British taxpayers, who pay for this legal battle, accept to continue to spend tens of millions of pounds each year for people who are royal pain?

    So, all Kate Middleton photos must be returned to royals ASAP! All newspapers of the world should voluntarily follow the French court order and hand Kate Middleton photos over to the royal couple. All pictures must be returned without exception. Medias should also be fined 10,000 euros per day of delay. This will remember them to never take a picture of a British Royal family member again.

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