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The royal family has filed a lawsuit against French magazine Closer for publishing topless photographs of Kate Middleton. The snapshots were taken while the Duchess and her husband Prince William were on holiday at the French chateau of Lord Linley, the Queen’s nephew. The two had assumed the remote property offered enough privacy for her to briefly suntan naked, but apparently, some skuzzy and enterprising photographer was waiting just beyond the fence with his camera.

Shortly after the magazine went to print, the royal family released a statement condemning the publication. You can take a look at it below, courtesy of BBC
”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."

William and Kate are currently in the midst of an extended trip to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. They were reportedly informed of the pictures while at a breakfast in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia yesterday, and while she maintained her composure very well, the future King is said to have had a “look of absolute thunder” in his eyes. Not only has he always been very protective of his wife, he also watched what such invasions of privacy did to his mother prior to her death.

The pictures come some three weeks after Prince Harry’s naked scandal, though, obviously, he sort of made his own bed on that one. As for how the legal process will fare for the largely blameless Middleton here, we’ll just have to wait and see.

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