Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend a Jubilee Thanksgiving Service at St Barnabus Cathedral on day 6 of their Diamond Jubilee Tour, on September 16, 2012 in Honiara, Solomon Islands.
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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge travel in a special boat vehicle as they arrive at Honiara International Airport during their Diamond Jubilee tour of the Far East on September 16, 2012 in Honiara, Guadalcanal Island.
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The Duke and Duchess visit Danum Vallery Rainforest while on the Diamond Jubilee Tour (09/15).
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 said 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”.
A spokesman for the couple, who are on a tour of South East Asia and the South Pacific to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, strongly condemned publication of the pictures.
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”, said the spokesman for Clarence House, the Prince of Wales’s office.
The spokesman said the incident was “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”.
One royal official said the couple could not have chosen a more secluded spot in France for their private holiday.
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 BBC’s Peter Hunt said it was thought to be only the second time a royal had sued over such an issue.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge drink tea during a Diamond Jubilee Tea Party at the British High Commission in Kuala Lumpu.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is all smiles as she receives a bunch of roses from Prince William, Duke of Cambridge at a cultural event in Central Park, Kuala Lumpur.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wears a head scarf, removes shoes, and signs a vistors book with Prince William during a visit to the Assyakirin Mosque in Kuala Lumpur Friday, Sept. 14, 2012.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends an official dinner hosted by Malaysia’s Head of State Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah of Kedah on Day 3 of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s Diamond Jubilee Tour of South East Asia at the Istana Negara on September 13, 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Hospis Malaysia where the Catherine delivered her first speech abroad. They talked to terminally ill patients including 15-year-old Zakwan Anuar, for whom the Duchess signed a birthday card. The royal couple then drew pictures on clay tiles to be fired and displayed at the hospice. The Duchess drew a tree whilst the Prince sketched ‘Tom and Jerry’.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge sit down for lunch with Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak at his official residence in Kuala Lumpur on day 3 of a Diamond Jubilee Tour of the Far East.
Britains Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, arrive in Kuala Lumpur Internationa Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012. The royal couple is on a three-day official visit to Malaysia.
Britain’s Prince William with his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, walk past gravestones as they visit the Kranji Memorial Cemetery in Singapore on September 13, 2012.