Prince William, Kate Middleton Win French Ruling

September 19, 2012, 9:05 am Peter Mikelbank, Simon Perry | People.com whomagazine

William & Kate win ruling barring publication of topless photos

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have won their first legal battle in an attempt to block further publication of photos of the Duchess sunbathing topless while on vacation in France. 

The photos must not be published again, a French court ruled Tuesday, according to the BBC. And Closer magazine, which was the first to obtain and print them, was ordered to give the originals to the couple within 24 hours and said it would be fined 10,000 euros ($A12,600) for every day’s delay.

A St. James’s Palace spokesperson said: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcome the judge’s ruling." 

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The ruling applies only to France. The Irish Daily Star and the Italian magazine Chi have already republished the photos – the latter in a 26-page section on Monday. 

British newspapers, so far, have refrained from printing the photos. But on Monday in Dublin, the publishers of the Irish Daily Star released the following statement: "Independent Star Limited has suspended editor Michael O'Kane with immediate effect, pending an investigation into the circumstances that led to the Irish Daily Star re-publishing pages from the French magazine Closer, which contained images of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge." 

The statement went on to say: "Independent Star Ltd. has no further comment pending conclusion of the joint investigation by the newspaper's shareholders." 

Prince William and Middleton, though keeping a brave face during the embarrassing episode while on a tour of Asia, have also filed a criminal complaint against Closer and will be seeking damages, a spokesperson for Clarence House said on Monday. 

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French attorney Vincent Tolédano, a specialist in media law tells WHO Magazine, "Closer cannot publish these images any longer. Now it is up to the criminal investigation to try and determine who the photographer is. In court, Closer maintained they didn't own the rights to the images, and now it is up to the police ... to investigate and determine the particulars." 

He added, "There are freedom of press and protection of sources issues in play now." 

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  1. Sydney12:11pm Wednesday 19th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Congratulations !!

  2. Sydney12:10pm Wednesday 19th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    ..so she took back her mosquito bites.

  3. Sydney12:07pm Wednesday 19th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Ok.. shame washed away, now she can continue to deliver it with some clothes on, as it seems to be the only reason they take her out of the palace.

  4. MARK LIL12:07pm Wednesday 19th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    and the other photos are of them "doing it"

  5. MARK LIL12:01pm Wednesday 19th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Well lets hope this applies to everyone not just royalty right or wrong this is been a back handed verdict , although i feel the horse has bolted see chi magazine

  6. Jayne T11:44am Wednesday 19th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    So, Axelle, it's her own fault for being in private accommodation and for actually just trying to live her own life without thinking there may be some pervert with a $20,000 camera lens over a kilometre away taking photos?

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  7. Axelle10:54am Wednesday 19th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Really she should have thought twice about going topless where there was a chance she could be seen and photographed. It is entirely her own fault and I have no time for these spoilt rich elites who are financial burdens on the rest of society.

  8. Tony10:41am Wednesday 19th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse


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