French Court Order Injunction Against Magazine That Published Kate Middleton’s Topless Photos, Imposes Large Fine

Prince William and Kate at Tuvalu

Prince William and Kate at Tuvalu

A court has banned a French magazine from re-publishing or distributing photographs in France of the Duchess of Cambridge sunbathing topless.

Closer magazine’s publishers must hand over the original photographs within 24 hours or face a daily fine of 10,000 euros (£8,000).

The royal couple’s injunction against publishers Mondadori was granted after the photos were published on Friday.

Royal officials said the couple welcomed the decision.

They said Prince William and Catherine “always believed the law had been broken” and they were entitled to their privacy.

A judgement from three magistrates at the court in the Parisian suburb of Nanterre said publication of the latest edition of Closer should cease immediately.

The injunction does not cover publications outside France.

A written judgement in the civil case said the edition carried the 14 photographs which “belong to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge”.

In its ruling, the court described the pictures as a “brutal display” of the couple’s private lives, adding: “These snapshots which showed the intimacy of a couple, partially naked on the terrace of a private home, surrounded by a park several hundred metres from a public road, and being able to legitimately assume that they are protected from passers-by, are by nature particularly intrusive.”

The magistrates ruled that every photograph published in France by Mondadori in future would carry a fine, also of 10,000 euros per breach.

However, the ruling refers only to those pictures that have already been published – Closer’s editor has previously hinted that she has other, more intimate, pictures.

Culled from BBC

P.S: In related news the Editor of Irish Star has been suspended.

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