Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Police raid over topless duchess photos

Duchess of Cambridge
The Queen's coconuts: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge drink from a lovely pair of coconuts which were picked from a tree planted by the Queen in 1982 on September 18, 2012 in Tuvalu. 2012 Getty Images
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

Police have raided the headquarters of Closer France in pursuit of the photographer who took topless photos of Britain's Duchess of Cambridge.

Officers arrived at the Parisian building at 10am, revealing they were looking for information "which might lead to the identity" of the photographer responsible for taking the long-lens shots of the royal.

The French magazine printed the revealing images of Catherine enjoying a holiday in Provence with her husband Prince William - much to the anger of the palace.

Yesterday, a French court granted an injunction preventing further publication of the images in the country after the couple lodged a complaint.

It has been ruled that they must not be included in any media, whether print or online. The fine for breaching the ruling is 10,000 euros a day. The court also ordered that all copies of the images must be given to William and Catherine, who have been awarded 2,000 euros towards their legal fees.

In court earlier this week, the royal's lawyer Aurelien Hamelle explained that Catherine is a "young woman, and not an object" and the photos that were taken and published were from a "highly intimate moment".

Meanwhile, Danish magazine Se Og Hor has revealed plans to print the topless photos as soon as tomorrow.

"It's a set of unique photos from an A-class celebrity. We are a leading gossip magazine in Denmark, and it is my job to publish them," editor Kim Henningsen promised. "If the British royal family want to sue us, then it will happen then and we'll deal with it."

William and Catherine are currently headed back to Britain after a brief stop-over in Australia. The pair have enjoyed a nine-day tour of Southeast Asia and managed to keep brave faces after the pictures were published during the trip.

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