Sunday, 16 September 2012

Royal furore over topless Duchess

Kate in topless greeting twist

A traditional welcome for a princess in the Solomon Islands. As the royal tour continues, topless women present necklaces to Britain's Prince William and his wife the Duchess of Cambridge, formerly Kate Middleton.

At the same time, on the other side of the world, semi-naked pictures of the future Queen are hitting news-stands in an Italian gossip magazine. Defying risks of legal action, Italy's Chi (pronounced: Key) magazine has a large topless image of the duchess on its front page.

The headline says "Scandal at Court: the Queen is naked" -- but most Italians weren't too shocked.

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Have you looked for Kate photos? Duchess topless shots spark interest of Australians

Type "Kate Middleton" in to Google, and among its first three search suggestions are "Kate Middleton photos" and "Kate Middleton photo controversy".

Less than a week after topless photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge were published by French magazine Closer, it's clear many people around the world want a glimpse of the salacious shots.

Traffic site Alexa showed traffic to Closer's website boosted 1600 per cent on Friday, but dropped quickly because the photographs were not there, The Guardian reported. 

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How Princess Kate’s topless photos were taken
The Chateau d'Autet from the highway
Chateau d'Autet, showing the pool.

Chateau d'Autet pool - Kate was standing just inside the fence for all the world to see!

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Closer Magazine photos that the world can't wait to see

A man holds a copy of celebrity magazine Closer, which published topless pictures of Prince William's wife Catherine, taken while the pair were on holiday in France, in a Paris street on September 14.

The young British royals, who are in Malaysia, were consulting lawyers over what they called a "grotesque" breach of privacy by the French version of Closer magazine, palace officials said 

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Kate Middleton confuse 

Un peu plus d’un an après leur mariage, le couple princier s’est offert un séjour en amoureux, loin du protocole, de l’étiquette dans une ambiance très Jardin d’Eden. Seuls au monde ou presque… Car Closer était là ! Découvrez en avant-première les photos que le monde entier commentera dans 24h.

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Royal furore over Kate topless photos

It's been called "grotesque" and "unjustifiable".

French magazine Closer have published photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge topless.

Catherine, also known as Kate, was sunbathing with her husband Prince William at a private estate in France when they were taken. 

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Kate Middleton 'Topless' Photos Shock Royal Couple As French Magazine Closer Publishes Private Images

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge reacted with "anger and disbelief" after the publication of topless photos of Kate in a French magazine, believing "a red line has been crossed".

The couple "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", Clarence House said.

The magazine, Closer, has exclusive pictures of Kate topless on the terrace of a private chateau owned by the Queen's nephew Lord Linley. 

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Topless Kate photos: royals sue Closer

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have launched legal proceedings in France against the Silvio Berlusconi-owned celebrity magazine which published photographs of the duchess sunbathing topless, in a bid to put a line in the sand and stop any future invasion of the royal couple's privacy.

The move comes hours after St James's Palace roundly condemned the move by Closer magazine, which is owned by the former Italian president Berlusconi's publishing empire Mondadori.

In a statement, a spokesman for the couple 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 editor and publishers of Closer magazine, France."

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British royals take legal action over Kate topless photos 

An angry Prince William and his wife Catherine launched legal action on Friday against a French magazine that printed topless photographs of her.

The publication of the pictures of the former Kate Middleton, taken while she and the second in line to the throne were on holiday in the south of France, evoked memories of the press harassment of William's mother Diana.

Palace officials said the royals, who are currently visiting Malaysia, considered the pictures published by the French version of Closer magazine to be a "grotesque" breach of privacy. 

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Scene of the crime: Royals confirm legal action against French mag as we reveal spot where long-lens photo of topless Kate was taken

X marks the spot: The long lens pictures taken of the topless Duchess were shot from the side of the road between trees around half a mile away from the chateau

Sad: The couple looked down as they boarded their plane after a very successful and happy trip to Malaysia. It is understood that the Royal couple's aim in launching legal proceedings is to prevent further use of the images and to seek damages

Brave face: Kate smiles and tries to enjoy a cup of tea despite the 'hurtful and unjustifiable' publication of naked photos today

The show must go on: Prince William cannot hide his anger as he joins his wife at a tea party in their honour in Kuala Lumpur

Every inch the fairytale princess: William and Kate arrive at an official dinner given by His Majesty The Agong at his official residence

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Duchess of Cambridge 'saddened' by topless photos claim

Closer magazine has said it has exclusive pictures of Kate topless on the terrace of a guest house, taken during a brief holiday she enjoyed with William in France last week.

The couple were staying in Provence at a chateau owned by Lord Linley, the Queen's nephew, ahead of their Diamond Jubilee tour of south-east Asia and the South Pacific on behalf of the Queen.

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French tabloid says it will publish topless photos of Kate Middleton


The photos were allegedly taken this month at a swimming pool while the Royal couple was on a second honeymoon – just before they flew to Singapore on Tuesday, the first stop in their nine-day Southeast Asia-South Pacific tour marking Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee.

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UK royals sue French mag over topless Kate photos


"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.

A court in Nanterre near Paris said the royal couple's lawyer had filed a motion to expedite the procedure, and Closer's publishers would be heard on Monday.

Under the headline "Oh my God!", the photos show the couple, whose regal yet natural conduct since their April wedding has won them fans worldwide, soaking up the sun on the balcony of a 19th century hunting lodge, oblivious to lurking paparazzi. 

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Irish tabloid breaks ranks to publish topless Kate photos

DUBLIN/LONDON (Reuters) - An Irish tabloid newspaper broke ranks with its British and Irish rivals to publish topless pictures of the wife of Prince William on Saturday, risking legal action from the royal family and prompting its British co-owner to cut ties with the title.

The royal couple have already begun action against the French magazine Closer for publishing a dozen shots of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge - the former Kate Middleton - taken as she slipped off her bikini top while sunbathing at a secluded French country house.

The pictures have reignited a debate over privacy and freedom of the press, especially in Britain, where media could face new regulations after a series of publishing scandals. 

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Italian magazine plans 26-page special on topless Kate photos

MILAN (Reuters) - An Italian gossip magazine plans to publish on Monday a special edition dedicated to topless pictures of the wife of Britain's Prince William, its editor said, defying risks of legal action.

The royal couple has already begun action against the French magazine Closer after it published a dozen shots of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge - the former Kate Middleton - as she slipped off her bikini top while sunbathing at a French chateaux.

Both Chi and Closer are controlled by Italian publisher Mondadori, part of the media empire of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and chaired by his daughter Marina.

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