Kate Middleton got caught in the middle of a nude photo scandal after she went topless at a private estate in France with her husband Prince William. Unbeknownst to Kate, photographers were present during the escapade and days later, the photos hit the web courtesy of Closer Magazine. Although it’s probably a bit too late, the case went to court yesterday in France where a judge ruled in Kate’s favor.
As TMZ reports, the Closer’s invasion of the royals’ privacy was a ”brutal display” and the judge ordered the magazine to immediately turn over all digital copies of the photographs. If they refuse, they will be ordered to pay a $13,100 daily fine. That may sound like a pretty good deal, but the photos have also be published in Italy and Ireland and this particular ruling didn’t cover them.
Plus, even if the photographs aren’t published by anyone else and taken down from the online sites, hasn’t everyone already saw them anyways? It seems like a case of too little too late. What’s done is done.
Shortly after the scandal broke, the royal family released a statement which read, “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. 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.”
The royal family is also planing to file a criminal complaint against the magazine.