Closer is published by Mondadori, an Italian company partly owned by former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and chaired by his daughter Marina. Lawyers said it is likely to find the case difficult to defend, although profits from the issue would likely far exceed any fine faced, probably just a few thousand euros. lawyer who practices in France.
Under the headline my God! the photos show the couple, whose regal yet natural conduct since their April wedding has won them fans worldwide, soaking up the sun on the balcony of a 19th century hunting lodge, oblivious to lurking paparazzi.
William and Kate were staying at the Chateau d near Aix en Provence in the Luberon region, whose picture postcard villages, rolling lavender fields and vineyards have made it a favourite getaway spot for wealthy foreigners.
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, a spokesperson for St James Palace said.
she had taken her top off during a public engagement, it would be fair game, but they were on holiday, having personal time and so deserve privacy, said Shelley Brunton, 22, an office receptionist in London financial district.
Celebrity gossip magazine Closer published a dozen shots of the Duchess of Cambridge on holiday in southern France as she slipped off her bikini top, relaxed on a sun lounger and at one point pulled down the back of her bikini bottoms while William rubbed sun cream on her lower back.
Closer editor in chief Laurence Pieau described the photos as a series that showed a couple in love and were in no way degrading. She said the magazine had more intimate shots from the same series that it opted not to publish.
against the publishers of Closer Magazine France, the couple office said in a statement.
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Royal Highnesses had every expectation of privacy in the remote house. It is unthinkable that anyone should take such photographs, let alone publish them. Prime Minister David Cameron spokeswoman also said the royal couple should be entitled to their privacy.
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were on vacation in a friend chateau. There was no expectation the press would be there. So visibly they have been damaged by the fact the pictures were taken and it is likely a French court would rule in that direction. website published grainy photos of William younger brother Harry cavorting naked in a Las Vegas hotel room.
Many in Britain felt there was a difference between exposing laddish antics by a royal in Las Vegas and intruding on William and Kate private holiday.
The editor of the Sun tabloid, the only British paper to run the nude Prince Harry photos, said that for the same reason it would not publish the shots of Kate. Sun has no intention of breaching the royal couple privacy by publishing these intrusive pictures, editor Dominic Mohan said.
At one point the Duchess, clearly recognisable in the slightly fuzzy images, stands up and partly peels down her bikini bottoms as William rubs sun lotion on her back.
photo caption. Another says: always say she doesn need to dress up to look good. Well . Kate is proving this. in France where topless sunbathing is commonplace and Britain royals are regarded with a mixture of fascination and bemusement given the French deposed their last monarch in 1870 could not see what all the fuss was all about.
A court in Nanterre near Paris said the royal couple lawyer had filed a motion to expedite the procedure, and Closer publishers would be heard on Monday.
a real 21st century princess, she added: a young woman who is topless, the same as you can see on any beach in France or around the world. TAKE THEIR CLOTHES OFF
A torrent of twitter commentary on both sides of the Channel mostly chided Closer for running the shots.
Britain royal family began legal action against a French magazine on Friday for a breach of privacy after it published topless photographs of Prince William wife Kate Middleton.
disgrace that a mid market French rag has invaded Kate Middleton privacy like this. Gutter press morality, tweeted billionaire media magnate Evgeny Lebedev, who owns British daily The Independent and London Evening Standard.
been an over reaction to these photos. What we see is a young couple, who just got married, who are very much in love, who are splendid, Pieau told French BFM television.
William and his younger brother Harry are the sons of heir to the throne Charles, whose 86 year old mother Queen Elizabeth has enjoyed enormous popularity in her diamond jubilee year.
The spread is a blow to Buckingham Palace as it tries to move on from a scandal over naked shots of Prince Harry that tarred an image bolstered by William and Kate wedding, the Queen 2012 Diamond Jubilee and her Olympic Games appearance.
started the fashion: these days the Windsors take their clothes off, the French magazine quipped in the photo spread, which it claimed as a world exclusive on the couple mini vacation in early September.
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Royal sources said the photo spread felt like a flashback to the paparazzi chases of Princess Diana, William mother, making it even more painful for him. is a feeling of anger and disbelief, one source said. feel there has been a red line crossed with regard to publishing these images. the paparazzi learnt nothing from Diana death, Britain MailOnline tweeted.
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While Closer defended its decision to publish the photographs, a royal spokesperson said it had upset the royal couple, who are currently touring southeast Asia.
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