Get Closer

By DeusExMacintosh

Magazine publishes topless photos of Kate Middleton

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have launched legal action against the French magazine Closer over its publication of topless pictures of the duchess, Clarence House has said.

The celebrity gossip magazine printed pictures of the duchess taken during the couple’s private holiday in France.

A royal spokesman said the legal proceedings had been launched in France and were for breach of privacy.

Closer’s editor said the couple were “visible from the street”.

“These photos are not in the least shocking. They show a young woman sunbathing topless, like the millions of women you see on beaches,” said Laurence Pieau.

She described the reaction as “a little disproportionate”.

A spokesman for the couple, who are on a tour of South East Asia and the South Pacific to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, strongly condemned publication of the pictures.

The duke and duchess, who were staying at the French chateau of the Queen’s nephew, Lord Linley, “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”, said the spokesman for Clarence House, the Prince of Wales’s office.

The spokesman said the incident was “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”…

Closer is not run by the same company as the British title; it is administered by Italian business Mondadori, owned by former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s holding company Fininvest.

The publisher which established the Closer brand, said it was “appalled” by the decision to publish the images and said it was reviewing the licence of the French magazine, over which it has no editorial control.

BBC News


  1. kvd
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    Is it ‘Closer’ as in nearer or negotiation? That’s about the only thing I can invent for myself as even slightly interesting about this story – while we wait for the Pipparazzi to catch up.

  2. Posted September 15, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    I’m all for Prince William fronting the owner of le Closeur & knocking their teeth down their throat.

    Then I’d go looking for the photographer, & ensure that he’s not only gumming baby food for a long time, but has several months (while the bones in his 10 fingers knit) to work out if he really wants to continue photography for a living.

  3. Posted September 15, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    The British magazine is Closer as in “nearer” (a negotiation Closer is more American).

  4. Posted September 15, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    Yes of course they are ‘in the public eye’ ie ‘fair game’, conversely the French press most certainly deprived the duchess of a mother-in-law. I would pay good money to be privy to words exchanged between Her Majesty and Prince William. He let down his guard and it will be interesting to observe his future attitude.
    This Guardian opinion is provocative, and the Comments after provide some amusement.

  5. Posted September 15, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    [email protected] Until recently, monarchy was the only way women or queers got to be head of state.

    And, in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, the monarchies tend to be the better places to live (not absolutely, of course, but a definite tendency).

    Protestant countries in Europe have a higher propensity to be monarchies than Catholic ones. Interesting to speculate why that is so.

  6. Posted September 16, 2012 at 4:44 am | Permalink

    @ Lorenzo. A possibly correlated symptom: Protestant countries tend to be more politically stable.

  7. Posted September 16, 2012 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    [email protected] And richer, with lower interest rates on their debt. Quite a mix to conjure with.

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