British Royals Seek $1.6M in Damages for Kate Middleton Topless Photo Leak

The British royal family is seeking $1.6 million in damages from the French magazine that published photos of Kate Middleton sunbathing topless at her and Prince William’s private villa in the South of France in 2012.

The royals commenced trial on Tuesday (May 2, 2017) in the case against three paparazzi photographers and the owner of Closer magazine, who have all been charged with invading the Duchess of Cambridge’s privacy by taking and releasing the photos. Closer’s lawyer justified the publication of the photos on “public interest grounds,” according to CBS News, “saying in court the pictures disproved rumors circulating at the time that the duchess might be anorexic.”

Prince William submitted a statement claiming that the photographs were shocking and “all the more painful” given that the invasion of privacy by the press has been associated with the death of his mother, Princess Diana.

French authorities have banned further reproduction of the photos, but they have continued to surface in other European publications. The court is expected to reach a decision later this summer.