Kate Middleton Awarded $120,000 Over Topless Photos Published In French Magazine

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Kate Middleton Topless Photos Lawsuit

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Kate Middleton Topless Photos Lawsuit

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A French court has ordered Closer magazine to pay Kate Middleton nearly $120,000 in damages for publishing topless photos of her on its September 2012 cover. The unsolicited images were snapped by paparazzi while the Duchess of Cambridge was sunbathing at a private home in the South of France.

Shortly after the invasive pictures were published by Closer, Middleton and her husband Prince William sued all of the individuals involved in releasing the images, including the French tabloid’s editor and publisher. Both parties have been fined around $54,000, while the publication itself is responsible for almost $120,000.

The Duke and Duchess weren’t present in court Tuesday, but the couple’s attorney read a letter from Prince William during the hearing. “My wife and I thought that we could go to France for a few days in a secluded villa owned by a member of my family, and thus enjoy our privacy,” the royal’s statement began. “We know France and the French and we know that they are, in principle, respectful of private life, including that of their guests. The clandestine way in which these photographs were taken was particularly shocking to us as it breached our privacy.”

Shortly after the topless photos were published in 2012, the royal palace called the incident “reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, and all the more upsetting to the Duke and Duchess for being so.” A spokesperson for the royal family further asserted that “a line has been crossed” by Closer magazine and all others involved in the dissemination of the pictures.

The outcome of the lawsuit comes on the heels of the news that Middleton is pregnant with her and Prince William’s third child. As Gossip Cop reported, Kensington Palace announced Monday that the Duchess would have to cancel a planned appearance at a London children’s center due to Hyperemesis Gravidarum, a complication of pregnancy that causes severe morning sickness.

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