Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William Suing French Tabloid Over Invasive Photos

The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William were eating breakfast this morning when they got the news that the French magazine Closer published photos of Catherine sans bikini top while she and William were sunbathing at a private estate in Provence, Chateau d'Autet. The photos were taken from half a mile away and show the couple putting on suntan lotion and relaxing by the pool. The photos reveal a glaring lapse in the couple's security. Security experts says if you could get those shots from half a mile away, a sniper could also have gotten a shot. The security team should have cordoned off the area.

William is said to be absolutely furious about the invasion of their privacy during a private holiday. St. James Palace in London issued a very strong statement today:
Their Royal Highnesses 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.

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. Officials acting on behalf of Their Royal Highnesses are consulting with lawyers to consider what options may be available to the Duke and Duchess.
The palace has decided to take legal action against the magazine under France's privacy laws. The sleazy editor of Closer hinted today that she has even more "intimate" photos of the couple, who were reportedly on a second honeymoon. Catherine showed great fortitude during her visit to a mosque today in Kuala Lumpur, never letting the stress show as she greeted her hosts with smiles and kind words. MSNBC reports:

Posted on September 14, 2012

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