Kate Middleton topless photos: Six to go on trial in France

Six to go on trial in France over topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge

Six face charges of invasion of privacy over the publishing of topless pictures of Kate Middleton

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Six people will go on trial in France on Tuesday for publishing topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge five years ago.

The pictures of the Duchess sunbathing topless on holiday were taken by photographers and published by regional paper La Provence and French magazine Closer in September 2012. 

The publication caused a stir in Britain, with several UK newspapers refusing to buy the photos, and prompted the royal family to quickly take legal action.

A total of six people will appear to face charges of complicity and invasion of privacy. 

Among this number are Laurence Pieau, editor of Closer in France, and Ernesto Mauri. chief executive of parent company the Mondadori Group.

The then-publishing editor of La Provence at the time, Marc Auburtin, and three photographers will also answer charges at the court in Nanterre, western Paris.

Representatives for Prince William refused to comment when contacted by Agence France-Presse.