Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 27 August 2014

Court grants Kate photos injunction

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge continue to tour the South Pacific while a French court banned further publication of topless photos
French lawyer Aurelien Hamelle is acting on behalf of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (AP)

A French court has granted an injunction against further publication and sale of pictures showing the Duchess of Cambridge sunbathing topless.

The Tribunal de Grande Instance in Nanterre, Paris, ordered France's Closer magazine to hand over all copies of the images it published last week and banned their resale.

The ruling only affects the French magazine and does not to extend to publications in Ireland and Italy which have also used the pictures.

It also prevents French Closer, which is run by a different company to the British version, from using the photos on its website and tablet application.

Italian publishing group Mondadori has argued the photos are not theirs to sell and said they are already "out there".

The scandal surrounding the pictures erupted on Friday when the magazine used 14 images of Kate and William enjoying private holiday moments at Chateau d'Autet, near Aix-en-Provence.

Their robust response to the pictures came after St James's Palace said in a statement that a red line had been crossed.

Lawyers for the royal couple have asked France's criminal prosecutors to consider charging the photographer who took the pictures.

Latest News

Latest Sport

Latest Showbiz