Kate Middleton: 'Don't buy magazines that publish intrusive celebrity photos', says Julia Hartley-Brewer

Kate Middleton: 'Don't buy magazines that publish intrusive celebrity photos', says Julia Hartley-Brewer

Topless photos of Kate Middleton were published in 2012

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The public must boycott magazines which publish intrusive photos of celebrities and public figures.

That's the view of Julia Hartley-Brewer, who spoke to a media lawyer on her show after a French court ordered two publications to pay Prince William and Kate Middleton €103,000 (£94,000) for publishing topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge.

Lawyer Mark Stephens told Julia that the Duke and Duchess actually wanted "about 1.4 million, 1.5 million, because that’s the profit Closer were thought to have made."

However the amount of damages that can be paid "at the end of the day doesn’t remove the economic incentive to achieve these kind of [photos]."

Julia called on fans to support celebrities they like by not buying these magazines. "Then this won't happen, there will be no market for it."

Stephens added that many people and magazines now observe the 'red carpet rule', which means photographs can only be taken when famous people are taking part in a public role.

Julia questioned why some magazines ignore this rule and show photos which are not approved by their subject. Stephens explained "quite often the paparazzi-type pictures are paid for, and they are effectively fake paparazzi pictures because the celebrity is effectively collaborating with them."

The lawyer also said: "Prince Charles was photographed naked" at the private estate where the topless photos of Middleton were taken. "The Royal Family, their security and protection officers know this is place where there’s a problem."

Listen to the full interview above

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