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Royal Family to sue French magazine over topless Kate Middleton photos

  • Britain's Royal Family are to sue a French magazine for a "grotesque" breach of privacy after it published topless photographs of Prince William's wife Kate Middleton.

    Celebrity magazine Closer published a dozen photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge while on vacation in southern France.

    The photographs show her taking off her bikini top, relaxing on a sun lounger and pulling down the back of her bikini bottoms while William rubbed sunscreen on her lower back.

    "St James's Palace confirms that legal proceedings for breach of privacy have been commenced today in France by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge against the publishers of Closer Magazine France," the couple's office said in a statement on Friday.

    A court in Nanterre outside of Paris said the couple's lawyer had filed a motion to expedite the procedure.

    The photographs come in the wake of a scandal over naked shots of Prince Harry

    Closer has defended its decision to publish the photographs with editor-in-chief Laurence Pieau describing the photos as a "beautiful series" that portrayed a couple in love. She added that the magazine had more intimate shots, which it chose not to publish.