The editor of the Irish Daily Star has been suspended from his role over the publication of topless photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton.
Publishers revealed the decision to stand down Michael O'Kane while an internal investigation is carried out into the decision to rerun the images taken while Kate and Prince WIlliam were on a private holiday in France.
The newspaper — co-owned by media baron Richard Desmond's Northern and Shell group and the Irish-based Independent News and Media — has been under threat of closure since publishing the pictures.
In a statement, the company behind the Dublin operation, Independent Star, announced the suspension pending the conclusions of a joint investigation into the decision to print the photographs.
Meanwhile, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge came face to face with a group of topless South Pacific women — and did not bat an eyelid when introduced.
The group performed a dance with men from their region as they showcased Solomon Islands culture for the royals.
Elsewhere, a French court will decide today whether to halt further publication of photos there. The civil case, brought to seek damages and an injunction preventing further publication of the images, was launched by lawyers for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge yesterday in Paris.