Kate Middleton topless photos: French court hands out maximum fines

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

A court in France has handed out maximum fines to two gossip magazines which published topless photos of Kate Middleton in 2012.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been awarded €103,000 (£94,500) in damages, following a trial of six people. 

France's Closer Magazine was ordered to pay €100,000 (£91,700) and regional newspaper La Provence are to pay €3,000 (£2,700).

The pictures were taken with a long-lens camera while Middleton was on holiday with Prince William in the south of France.

Their subsequent publication by Closer and La Provence was met with anger from the royal family and several UK newspapers refused to purchase the pictures. 

Those on trial had orginially denied the charges, according to the Daily Express.

Ernesto Mauri, chief executive of the Mondadori firm which publishes Closer, and La Provence's publishing director Marc Auburtin were charged with using a document gained by breaching privacy.

Laurence Pieau, editor of Closer magazine in France, was charged with being complicit. 

La Provence photographer Valerie Suau and agency photographers Cyril Moreau and Dominique Jacovides have been charged with invading privacy and complicity.