They couple want w $1.6 million pay off to settle the matter
The Brits are considered one of the most refined nations of people in the world. With their impeccable manners and love for luxury and classically traditional style, it’s no wonder that the the future queen wants these less than elegant photos of herself sunbathing topless to come down! Yep, that’s right. Kate Middleton is not pleased with the latest photoshoot of herself that’s been circling around in a French magazine and her and her regal hubby are not going to stand for the invasion of their privacy any longer. The trial began on Tuesday for Closer magazine and six individuals associated with the publication and a newspaper called La Provence. Not to be confused with the UK’s Closer magazine …this French edition is facing a whopping $1.6 million dollar price tag for this breach in the royal couple’s privacy (hopefully, they got nips for the amount of this hefty sum).
The royals want these topless photos tossed!
It seems the Duchess and her prince were none too pleased with the negatives produced by the French publication. The photos which reveal a topless Kate sunbathing on a 2012 holiday trip to the south of France, at the couple’s private villa, definitely proved to be too much exposure for the very reserved couple.
According to the Associated Press, the regal pair filed suit against the publication and six individuals believed to have been behind the risqué photo spread.
The alleged paparazzi claim the photos were taken in a ‘positive light’
The publishing group that produces the French publication Closer is up against some pretty flagrant charges beginning with Ernesto Mauri; chief executive of the publishing group. He’s facing one charge of using a document obtained by a breach of privacy, along with Marc Auburtin, La Provence’s publishing director at the time.
Additionally, Laurence Pieau an editor of Closer magazine, is charged with complicity while agency photographers Cyril Moreau, Dominique Jacovides, and Valerie Sual all face charges of invasion of privacy and complicity.
However, Paul- Albert Iweins representing counsel for the magazine claims that this is quite the the oppsite and insists that the photos were meant to cast the couple in a positive light and do not constitute a breach of privacy against the reigning twosome.
Done in poor taste
The incident has left Prince William quite disturbed and sources claim he finds the magazine’s decision to publish the images particularly “shocking” given the obsessive relationship and reprehensible role that the media played in his late mother’s death.
Unwanted instances like these only dredge up the all too painful familiar reminders of Princess Diana’s demise just 15 years ago, when the renowned royal and humanitarian was killed in a tragic car accident caused by her attempts to escape photographers in Paris.