Kate Middleton to sue! All the fall-out details since topless photos of the Duchess were released

Kate Middleton Topless Photo Scandal
Photography by Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Kate Middleton Topless Photo Scandal
Photography by Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Just as Prince Harry’s nude photo ordeal is simmering down, the Royal Family is faced with yet another scandal. The victim this time around? None other than the cherubic Kate Middleton.

French tabloid magazine, Closer published a series of photos today of the Duchess of Cambridge and husband, Prince William while on a mini-vacation at a private chateau in the south of France. The various shots depict Kate Middleton sunbathing topless on a balcony, evidently shot with a long-focus lens. “Harry started the fashion: these days the Windsors take their clothes off,” the magazine remarked alongside the published images.

According to the BBC, Prince William and Kate are furious. A statement released by The St. James Palace earlier today described the invasion of privacy as “grotesque” and “totally unjustifiable” and within hours, it was announced that the Royal Family had filed a lawsuit, alleging violation of privacy.

“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. 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.”

The royal couple is currently on a tour of Southeast Asia scheduled to come to an end this weekend. With a legal suit already in the works, we hope the duo’s visit resumes without incident.


Fashionista: “Considering that all this was going on, it’s truly amazing how gorgeous and composed Kate Middleton continues to look on her Far East Tour. (We would have probably locked ourselves in a bathroom somewhere and emerged puffy-eyed)” – Hayley Phelan (Fashionista)

Rosa Monckton: “I’m on a rant and very angry having seen at first hand the emotional price paid for press intrusion. My last word on this: leave Kate alone” – Rosa Monckton, a friend of Princess Diana (Twitter)


Randi Bergman, online editor: “While this incident is a major invasion of privacy, I’m not surprised it happened, given the very public role that Kate Middleton plays and the intense paparazzi interest. At least there’s one positive: photos of an obviously very in-love husband and wife enjoying a vacation together is just more proof that Kate and Will are built to last. No tawdry drunk photos here!”