Newlyweds Kate Middleton and Prince William recently went on vacation to France and stayed at the Queen’s nephew’s chateau, which they thought had a private balcony. The Princess decided to do a little sunbathing sans bikini top, and was caught on camera by a rather industrious photographer. The Kate Middleton topless photos found their way into (and on the cover of!) the French magazine Closer, and needless to say, the royal family is fuming. They are even threatening a lawsuit against the mag.
UPDATE – The royal family is moving forward with their lawsuit while Italian magazine Chi publishes more of the Kate Middleton topless pictures! Click for more info and pictures from Chi.
Shortly after the photos of Princess Kate were made public, the Royal family released the following statement:
“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 family also added that the incident was “reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of Diana, Princess of Wales.” They also revealed that officials working for Kate and William are meeting with lawyers to see what options are available to them as far as taking legal action against Closer.
After the scandal broke, the magazine’s UK counterpart quickly announced that their independence from the French version, insisting that the publications make independent decisions when it comes to their publications. “Closer magazine UK takes its obligations under the PCC Code extremely seriously and would never publish topless images of a member of the Royal family on its cover or otherwise.”
The royal family’s private parts have been all over the web this summer. First, Prince Harry was caught with his pants down in Las Vegas, then a few weeks later, 91-year-old Prince Phillippe flashed his member while going panty-free in a kilt.