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Post  Panda on Fri 14 Sep - 17:22

14 September 2012 Last updated at 17:16
Topless Kate pictures: Duke and duchess sue French magazine Closer

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have launched legal action against the French magazine Closer over its publication of topless pictures of the duchess, Clarence House has said.

The celebrity gossip magazine printed pictures of the duchess taken during the couple's private holiday in France.

A royal spokesman said the legal proceedings had been launched in France and were for breach of privacy.

Closer's editor says the couple were "visible from the street".

"These photos are not in the least shocking. They show a young woman sunbathing topless, like the millions of women you see on beaches," said Laurence Pieau.

She described the reaction as "a little disproportionate".

The magazine's website says the pictures are of the couple "like you have never seen them before. Gone are the fixed smiles and the demure dresses. On holiday Kate forgets everything."

A royal spokesman said: "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 duke and duchess, who were staying at the French chateau of the Queen's nephew, Lord Linley, "have been hugely saddened to learn that a French publication and a photographer have invaded their privacy in such a grotesque and totally unjustifiable manner", a spokesman for Clarence House, the Prince of Wales's office, said earlier.

British newspapers were offered photographs last week but turned them down.

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Post  Panda on Sat 15 Sep - 10:53

Second Mag 'To Publish Topless Kate Photos'


There are unconfirmed reports that an Italian magazine plans to use the photos that sparked the royals to launch legal action.


9:15am UK, Saturday 15 September 2012



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  • An Italian weekly from the same publishing group as the French magazine that published photos of the Duchess of Cambridge sunbathing topless while on holiday is reportedly going to include them in a special issue next week.

    Unconfirmed reports say the Italian magazine said it would devote 26 pages to the series of pictures in an edition coming out on Monday.

    A version of the front cover of the gossip publication showed some of the photos with the headline "The Queen is Naked!"

    "The fact that these are the future rulers of England makes the article more interesting and topical," the editor of the Italian magazine told reporters.

    "This is a deserving topic because it shows in a completely natural way the daily life of a very famous, young and modern couple in love."

    Both the Italian publication and the French magazine "Closer" belong to the Mondadori Group which is owned by former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi -- himself no stranger to scandals involving revealing photos taken by paparazzi.

    Contacted by AFP, Mondadori Group declined to comment on the publications.
    The Duke and Duchess in Kuala Lumpur
    The wife of Prince William, second in line to the throne, was snapped while the couple were on holiday in the south of France.

    A furious Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who are currently on tour in Asia and have arrived in Sabah in Borneo to travel to the region's rainforests, have launched legal action against Closer for invasion of privacy.

    The publication was compared by St James's Palace to the worst experiences of Diana, Princess of Wales, at the hands of the paparazzi.

    The palace led a chorus of protests, describing the invasion of privacy as "grotesque and totally unjustifiable".

    Royal aides drew parallels between Diana's most upsetting encounters with certain elements of the press and the "unthinkable" actions of the French magazine Closer, which left Kate and William feeling "anger and disbelief".

    The royal couple had spent yesterday in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur completing a busy schedule of events which saw them break new ground by visiting a mosque for the first time.

    They later left the mainland and flew to Kota Kinabalu, capital of the state of Sabah on Borneo, and will next travel to the region's dramatic rainforest to learn about the wildlife - something that is likely to be a welcome relief from the distressing events.

    But last night the palace announced that lawyers would be pursuing the matter through the French courts.

    It is understood that the royal couple's aim is to prevent further use of the images and to seek damages.
    The royals visit a mosque during their tour of the Far East
    Laurence Pieau, the editor of Closer, was unrepentant, defending her decision to publish the pictures during an interview with the French radio station Europe 1, insisting there was "nothing degrading" about the photographs and claiming she could not understand the couple's reaction.

    Ms Pieau also told the AFP news agency: "These photos are not in the least shocking. They show a young woman sunbathing topless, like the millions of women you see on beaches."

    William and Kate are midway through a Diamond Jubilee tour of the Far East, which had been going well until now.

    The photographs were taken last week while the couple were staying in Provence at a chateau owned by Lord Linley, the Queen's nephew, ahead of their trip.

    Publishers of the UK edition of Closer distanced themselves from the French magazine.

    Chief executive Paul Keenan of Bauer Media said his company deplored the publication of the "intrusive and offensive pictures" and had "complained in the strongest terms" to the firm which licensed the title in France.

    He said Bauer had asked Closer France to remove the pictures and refrain from publishing any more.

    Legal experts said the royal couple would have a strong case.
    The couple in Singapore
    Thomas Roussineau, who specialises in privacy law, said publication of the photos undoubtedly breaks French privacy laws .

    "It is totally forbidden," he said. "The castle is not the street, it is in a private place, and they are intimate pictures."

    But he said it was likely the magazine had weighed up the potential cost of a fine against the revenue the photos would bring.

    Caroline Jan, solicitor at London-based firm Kingsley Napley's media group and active member of the Franco-British Law Society, said it would be the "biggest Franco-British privacy clash since Princess Diana's death".

    She added: "The French magazine publishing pictures of the Duchess is clearly testing the water in a country where privacy laws are stricter than in the UK."

    But media lawyer Mark Stephens suggested William and Kate might not have the ability to take effective action over the photographs.

    He said: "It is obviously highly intrusive but as they have published the pictures the genie is out of the bottle."

    It is not the first time Kate has turned to the courts where she has felt her privacy has been invaded.

    In 2009, when still William's girlfriend, she was photographed playing tennis on Christmas Eve while on holiday in Cornwall and the image was syndicated by a picture agency to foreign media outlets.

    The Duchess later won £5,000 in damages and an apology from Rex Features for invasion of privacy.

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Post  Panda on Sat 15 Sep - 17:21

Irish Daily Star Prints Topless Kate Photos


Photos of the Duchess of Cambridge that sparked the royals to launch legal action have been published by an Irish newspaper.


4:34pm UK, Saturday 15 September 2012




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Daily Star Sunday editor Gareth Morgan says the decision by the Irish Daily Star to print topless photographs of the Duchess Of Cambridge was wrong.

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  • By Paul Harrison, Royal Correspondent


The Irish Daily Star has published photos of the Duchess of Cambridge sunbathing topless while on holiday.

The pictures appeared on pages six and seven of the newspaper's Republic of Ireland edition this morning.

They ran under a headline acknowledging the royals were launching legal action against French magazine "Closer" for printing topless photos of the Duchess on Friday.

St James's Palace reacted to the news by saying: "There can be no motivation for this action other than greed."
Inside pages of the Irish Daily Star show several of the photographs
Northern And Shell, which owns the newspaper, said the pictures were a "grotesque invasion of privacy" but said it had no editorial control over the publication.

Daily Star Sunday editor Gareth Morgan told Sky News: "We're absolutely horrified here in the office, and as a company. This has no merit as an editorial decision, it has no merit morally, it's frankly a horrible decision."

It came as an Italian weekly was preparing to include topless images of the Duchess in a special issue next week.
The magazine is due to go on sale on Monday
Italian magazine "Chi" - from the same publishing group as French magazine "Closer" - said it would devote 26 pages to the series of pictures in an edition coming out on Monday.

A version of the front cover of the gossip publication showed some of the photos with the headline "The Queen is Naked!"

"The fact that these are the future rulers of England makes the article more interesting and topical," editor Alfonso Signori told reporters.

"This is a deserving topic because it shows in a completely natural way the daily life of a very famous, young and modern couple in love," he added.

The palace said it would not be commenting on any potential legal action concerning the intended publication of the photos in Italy.

"Any such publication would serve no purpose other than to cause further, entirely justifiable upset to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who were enjoying time alone together in the privacy of a relative's home," the palace added.
The royals visit a mosque during their tour of the Far East
Both "Chi" and the French magazine "Closer" belong to the Mondadori Group which is owned by former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi -- himself no stranger to scandals involving revealing photos taken by paparazzi.

Contacted by AFP, Mondadori Group declined to comment on the publications.

The wife of Prince William, second in line to the throne, was snapped while the couple were on holiday in Provence in the south of France at a chateau owned by Lord Linley, the Queen's nephew, last week.

A furious Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who are currently on tour in Asia, have launched legal action against Closer for invasion of privacy.

The publication was compared by the palace to the worst experiences of Diana, Princess of Wales, at the hands of the paparazzi.

The palace led a chorus of protests, describing the invasion of privacy as "grotesque and totally unjustifiable".

Royal aides drew parallels between Diana's most upsetting encounters with certain elements of the press and the "unthinkable" actions of the French magazine Closer, which left Kate and William feeling "anger and disbelief".

The royal couple arrived in Sabah in Borneo on Saturday to explore the region's rainforests and visited the Royal Society's South East Asia Rainforest Research Programme (SEARRP) in Danum Valley - in what appeared to be a welcome relief from the distressing events.

The trip was planned because of the Duke's long-standing interest in conservation and his connection to the Royal Society as a Fellow of the organisation.

They had spent yesterday in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur completing a busy schedule of events which saw them break new ground by visiting a mosque for the first time.
The Duke and Duchess in Kuala Lumpur
It was on Friday night that the palace announced that lawyers would be pursuing the matter through the French courts.

It is understood that the royal couple's aim is to prevent further use of the images and to seek damages.

Laurence Pieau, the editor of Closer, was unrepentant, defending her decision to publish the pictures during an interview with the French radio station Europe 1, insisting there was "nothing degrading" about the photographs and claiming she could not understand the couple's reaction.

Publishers of the UK edition of Closer distanced themselves from the French magazine.

Chief executive Paul Keenan of Bauer Media said his company deplored the publication of the "intrusive and offensive pictures" and had "complained in the strongest terms" to the firm which licensed the title in France.

He said Bauer had asked Closer France to remove the pictures and refrain from publishing any more.

Legal experts said the royal couple would have a strong case.

Thomas Roussineau, who specialises in privacy law, said publication of the photos undoubtedly breaks French privacy laws .

"It is totally forbidden," he said. "The castle is not the street, it is in a private place, and they are intimate pictures."

But he said it was likely the magazine had weighed up the potential cost of a fine against the revenue the photos would bring.

Caroline Jan, solicitor at London-based firm Kingsley Napley's media group and active member of the Franco-British Law Society, said it would be the "biggest Franco-British privacy clash since Princess Diana's death".

She added: "The French magazine publishing pictures of the Duchess is clearly testing the water in a country where privacy laws are stricter than in the UK."

But media lawyer Mark Stephens suggested William and Kate might not have the ability to take effective action over the photographs.

He said: "It is obviously highly intrusive but as they have published the pictures the genie is out of the bottle."

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I despair of the British press and hope Lord Leveson thows the book at them. Guess who is co-owner of the Irish Daily

Star....... Richard Desmond, owner of the Daily Express and Daily Star!!!!! Will this give either paper a Licence to show

the photos in the Sunday papers.?

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Post  Panda on Sat 15 Sep - 19:23

Newspaper Boss Anger Over Topless Kate Photos


Publisher Richard Desmond is to sever ties with an Irish newspaper after it printed topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge.


7:12pm UK, Saturday 15 September 2012



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Daily Star Sunday editor Gareth Morgan says the decision by the Irish Daily Star to print topless photographs of the Duchess Of Cambridge was wrong.

Video: Editor Condemns Irish Counterpart




By Paul Harrison, Royal Correspondent

The Irish Daily Star has published photos of the Duchess of Cambridge sunbathing topless while on holiday.

The pictures appeared on pages six and seven of the newspaper's Republic of Ireland edition this morning.

They ran under a headline acknowledging the royals were launching legal action against French magazine Closer for printing topless photos of the Duchess on Friday.

St James's Palace reacted to the news by saying: "There can be no motivation for this action other than greed."
Inside pages of the Irish Daily Star show several of the photographs
Northern And Shell, which owns the newspaper, said the pictures were a "grotesque invasion of privacy" but said it had no editorial control over the publication.

Company chairman Richard Desmond said: "I am very angry at the decision to publish these photographs and am taking immediate steps to close down the joint venture."

Daily Star Sunday editor Gareth Morgan told Sky News: "We're absolutely horrified here in the office, and as a company. This has no merit as an editorial decision, it has no merit morally, it's frankly a horrible decision."

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Post  Lioned on Sat 15 Sep - 23:00

If She wants to be a proper Princess She shouldn't be getting her baps out in front of all them security men ,anyway all a bit of a storm in a 'A' cup if you ask me !

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Post  Panda on Mon 17 Sep - 15:06

Italian Magazine Chi Publishes Kate 'Special'


An Italian magazine editor defends his decision to print a 26-page spread featuring topless pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge.


2:33pm UK, Monday 17 September 2012



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Sky's Nick Pisa talks to Kay Burley about the decisions behind the publication of the topless photo of the Duchess of Cambridge in Italian magazine Chi.

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An Italian magazine has pushed through with its promise to publish the topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge in a special 26-page edition.

Chi, which has the same owners as French Closer, the first magazine to publish the images, featured the grainy photos along with a series of articles on topics such as, "Kate's breasts, natural or fake?"

The publication also complimented Kate's "practically perfect" physique.

The magazine's editor Alfonso Signorini argued that the pictures represented "extraordinary reportage".

"For the first time, the future queen of England was appearing in a natural way, without the constraints of etiquette," he wrote.

"The fact that these are the future rulers of England makes the article more interesting and topical.

"This is a deserving topic because it shows in a completely natural way the daily life of a very famous, young and modern couple in love."

Talking to Sky News, Mr Signorini listed the reasons behind his decision.

He said: "As a journalistic scoop it satisfies the curiosity of the readers.

"It’s the first time that the future queen of England has been pictured in such a way, they are natural pictures, there is no morbidity about them.

The images first appeared in French Closer
"There is nothing that could affect the dignity of the person involved, the Duchess of Cambridge.

"And lastly they were taken on a public road by photographers on public land."

The French version of Closer, which is run by a different company to the British edition, printed several pages of explicit images taken of the couple at a private hotel this month.

And on Saturday, the Irish Daily Star also printed the images.

Chi and Closer are part of the Mondadori group, owned by Italian former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi and chaired by the politician's daughter Marina.

Berlusconi is believed to be trying to make a comeback to frontline politics, but an article in the Rome daily newspaper La Repubblica, which has been one of his fiercest critics, said the pictures would damage relations between England and Italy.

Columnist Francesco Merlo accused the former prime minister of betraying an allied country by permitting the publication of the photos, despite requests from Buckingham Palace not to do so.

He wrote: "This is the triumphal outcome of the famous conflict of interests.

"Berlusconi does not understand that a gossipmonger is not compatible with a statesman."

He added that the publication of the photographs would permit the Queen to permanently eliminate Mr Berlusconi from her list of "accredited statesmen and gentlemen".

It is not the first time that the Royal Family has come up against Chi.

In 2006 the magazine, then under a different editor, sparked outrage when it printed a photo of a fatally injured Princess Diana being given oxygen at the scene of the high-speed crash in Paris.

Lawyers were due in court on Monday to seek an injunction to stop Closer magazine re-selling the images.

They are also expected to lodge a criminal complaint in France for invasion of privacy.

A royal spokeswoman declined to comment on whether the Royal Family was launching legal action against either Chi or the Irish Daily Star.

"All proportionate responses will be kept under review," she said.

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This was a gross intrusion of privacy. William and Kate were in the Garden of a private house and far away from the public, it is said the Photographer had to have had a sophisticated zoom lens to have taken these photos. William is reminded of the Press intrusion his Mother faced although at times she did court them when it suited her. This is why they are taking action and claiming criminal damages, as a dererrent.

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Post  chrissie on Mon 17 Sep - 16:00

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Press Association pix just dropped of William and Kate being greeted by local women from Tuvanipupu island. They're all topless. #irony


Sorry....

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chrissie wrote:Peter Barron ‏@EchoPeterBarron

Press Association pix just dropped of William and Kate being greeted by local women from Tuvanipupu island. They're all topless. #irony


Sorry....

AW.....that's cruel, but it's natural for those Islanders . I do think though that taking photos and selling them to Magazines is tasteless, this couple thought they could relax in private . One of the Magazines commented that Kate was like a Model ,photographed all the time and topless was quite natural.......no comparison !!

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Post  chrissie on Mon 17 Sep - 16:17

Panda wrote:
chrissie wrote:Peter Barron ‏@EchoPeterBarron

Press Association pix just dropped of William and Kate being greeted by local women from Tuvanipupu island. They're all topless. #irony


Sorry....

AW.....that's cruel, but it's natural for those Islanders . I do think though that taking photos and selling them to Magazines is tasteless, this couple thought they could relax in private . One of the Magazines commented that Kate was like a Model ,photographed all the time and topless was quite natural.......no comparison !!

I know Panda, it just made me chuckle!

I agree that it is out of order for the photos to be taken/sold to make a quick buck. The magazines are not even worried about the fines because of the increase in their revenue.

One thing I would say though it that it highlights a gap in security arrangements. What if it had been a sniper rather than a photographer?




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Post  Panda on Mon 17 Sep - 16:37

chrissie wrote:
Panda wrote:
chrissie wrote:Peter Barron ‏@EchoPeterBarron

Press Association pix just dropped of William and Kate being greeted by local women from Tuvanipupu island. They're all topless. #irony


Sorry....

AW.....that's cruel, but it's natural for those Islanders . I do think though that taking photos and selling them to Magazines is tasteless, this couple thought they could relax in private . One of the Magazines commented that Kate was like a Model ,photographed all the time and topless was quite natural.......no comparison !!

I know Panda, it just made me chuckle!

I agree that it is out of order for the photos to be taken/sold to make a quick buck. The magazines are not even worried about the fines because of the increase in their revenue.


Good thinking Batman .......they will have Security Guards now whereever they go, I hope Kate realises her life will never be the same now.
One thing I would say though it that it highlights a gap in security arrangements. What if it had been a sniper rather than a photographer?




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