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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge 'pleased' about photos verdict

By Sally Wardle

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have said they are pleased a court "found in their favour" after they were awarded more than €100,000 in damages over topless photos published of Kate.

The couple "felt it essential to pursue all legal remedies" after the long-lens images of Kate sunbathing on a terrace were published by France's Closer magazine in September 2012, Kensington Palace said.

The publication was ordered to pay each of the couple €50,000 (£46,000) at a Paris court yesterday after it was ruled they had breached her privacy.

A Kensington Palace spokeswoman said: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased that the court has found in their favour and the matter is now closed. This incident was a serious breach of privacy, and Their Royal Highnesses felt it essential to pursue all legal remedies.

"They wished to make the point strongly that this kind of unjustified intrusion should not happen."

The photos, taken as Kate holidayed with William at a private chateau in Provence, southern France, adorned the front and inside pages of Closer almost five years ago.

Meanwhile, the Duke of Cambridge has revealed his wife is well after an "anxious" start to her pregnancy.

Making his first public appearance since it was announced he is to become a father for the third time, William said: "It's very good news."

He also said there was "not much sleep" being had at the main family home of Kensington Palace with Kate, who is less than 12 weeks pregnant, suffering from severe morning sickness.

The Duke thanked well-wishers during a visit to the National Mental Health and Policing Conference in Oxford on Tuesday, where he addressed officers as the event's keynote speaker.

He said: "We need Catherine to get over this first bit and then we can start celebrating.

"It's always a bit anxious to start with, but she's well."

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