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British royal couple launch criminal case over topless photos

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British royal couple launch criminal case over topless photos


It is perhaps ironic that Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate were greeted by topless dancers when they arrived in Marau in the Solomon Islands on their tour of Asia.

The couple have launched a criminal case in Paris after topless pictures of the Duchess were published in a French magazine.

They have also begun a separate civil case to have the edition of ‘Closer’ magazine which printed the photos withdrawn from sale.

Lawyers say the temptation to publish the photos, taken on holiday in Provence, must have been too great.

“From a purely economic standpoint, most magazines would probably calculate that it would be in their interest to publish these photographs and deal with any legal action later on,” said Christopher Mesnooh, an American lawyer based in Paris.

Following further publication of the images in Ireland over the weekend, the Italian magazine Chi has created a special Monday edition including 26 pages of snaps.

Editor Alfonso Signorini explained why they went ahead:

“There is a series of factors; the public interest, the non-morbid nature of the photos, the respect for the dignity of the subject and the non violation of privacy – because they were taken in an open space, taken from a public space, the street – which means that the photos are absolutely within the confines of Italian law.”

Despite normally having a reputation for risk-taking, British newspapers have so-far refused to print the pictures.

One UK media company has condemned the publication as “grossly intrusive.”

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