Saturday 23 September 2017

Magazine ordered to pay €103k damages over topless photos of Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton. Chris Jackson/PA Wire
Kate Middleton. Chris Jackson/PA Wire

Sally Wardle

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been awarded €103,000 euros in damages following the publication of topless photographs of Kate almost five years ago.

France's Closer Magazine was ordered to pay €100,000 at a Paris court over the long-lens images of Kate sunbathing on a terrace, after it was ruled they had breached her privacy.

The photos, taken as Kate holidayed with the Duke at a private chateau in Provence, southern France, adorned the front and inside pages of the publication in September 2012.

Presiding judge Florence Lasserre-Jeannin also instructed regional newspaper La Provence, which printed images of the Duchess in her swimwear, to pay €3,000 in damages during the hearing at the Tribunal de Grande Instance de Nanterre.

Tuesday's judgment follows the trial of six people - including three photographers - linked to Closer Magazine and La Provence, which began in May.

The judge convicted all six defendants of charges relating to the taking and publication of the images.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased a French court "found in their favour" over the publication of topless photographs of Kate almost five years ago, Kensington Palace said, adding: "This incident was a serious breach of privacy, and Their Royal Highnesses felt it essential to pursue all legal remedies. They wished to make the point strongly that this kind of unjustified intrusion should not happen."

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