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The news has been dominated in the last 48 hours by the story of photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton) topless. The photographs have so far just appeared in the French magazine Closer. A google search will quickly find un-censored copies of the cover of the magazine, showing some of the photographs. Here is a version I found, but the details have been pixilated out.

Topless pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge

Topless pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge have appeared in a French magazine Closer

In the last 12 or so hours, the story has moved on to the fact that Buckingham Palace plans to sue the magazine on the grounds of invasion of privacy. Here are some quotes from St. James’s Palace, taken from The Guardian’s article here.

Earlier on Friday, in another strongly worded statement, the palace said the royal couple were hugely saddened by what it described as a “grotesque and totally unjustifiable” invasion of their privacy.

St James’s Palace was unequivocal in its condemnation of Closer. “The incident is reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, and all the more upsetting to the duke and duchess for being so.

“Their royal highnesses had every expectation of privacy in the remote house. It is unthinkable that anyone should take such photographs, let alone publish them.”

Kate Middleteon, Duchess of Cambridge

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, with her husband Prince William

I will be fascinated to see whether their attempt to sue the magazine will be successful. I am no legal expert, neither on the privacy laws here in England and Wales, nor of the apparently more stringent ones in France, where the photos were taken and have been published. Whether they are successful or not, the photographs are now already available on the internet, so anyone with any interest can see them. Also, an Italian magazine is apparently also planning to publish them (Closer in France is owned by former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi).

Should members of the Royal Family be entitled to the same expectation of privacy as the rest of us? What do you think?

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