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Topless Kate Middleton photos cause furor

6:19 PM, Sep 14, 2012   |    comments
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Here's the magazine that's causing one big Royal Ruckus today.

It's Closer, a French glossy celeb publication that put topless photos today of revered Duchess Catherine of Cambridge on its cover.

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The photos were taken Sept. 5, as Kate and Prince William were on vacation this month at a guesthouse terrace in France before setting out on their current tour.

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St James's Palace has confirmed that the topless pictures are of Kate and issued a royal statement:

"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.

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"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 Duke and Duchess remain focused currently on their Tour of Singapore, Malaysia, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu on behalf of HM The Queen."

Meanwhile, the photos are being condemned in London.

According to the Telegraph, which has been live-blogging the reaction and news of the story, Prime Minister David Cameron "echoes the sadness of the Palace" over the publication of the pictures.

Editors of several British publications were offered the photos last week, but decided against publication.

AFP reports that Closer editor Laurence Pieau says he saw no harm in running the photos. "These photos are not in the least shocking. They show a young woman sunbathing topless, like the millions of women you see on beaches."

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