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Duchess of Cambridge awarded $122,000 over topless photos case

Prince William and his wife Catherine have not yet commented on the decision.

A French judge has ordered Closer magazine bosses to pay damages to Britain's Duchess of Cambridge over topless photos they published in 2012.

Just one day after Prince William and his wife Catherine announced they are expecting their third child, the royal couple are back in the headlines, with judge Florence Lasserre-Jeannin delivering her verdict on a long-standing case at the Tribunal de Grande Instance de Nanterre on Tuesday afternoon (05Sep17).

It was ruled that six people associated with the celebrity magazine were guilty of invading Catherine's privacy when they decided to snap and publish long lens photos of her while she was holidaying in Provence in September 2012.

William and Catherine were awarded $122,000 (£94,000) in damages, while the editor and owner of Closer were ordered to pay the maximum fine of $53,000 (£40,000) each. The financial remuneration is considerably lower than the $1.5 million (£1.1 million) the couple's legal team had originally requested.

According to the BBC, the judge also demanded that regional newspaper La Provence, which printed images of the Catherine wearing swimwear, pay $3,500 (£2,750) in damages.

William and Catherine have not yet commented on the judge's decision.

However, during a hearing in May, the royals' lawyer read out a statement from William, who slammed the publishers and their photographs.

"We know France and the French and we know that they are, in principle, respectful of private life, including that of their guests," began the statement. "The clandestine way in which these photographs were taken was particularly shocking to us as it breached our privacy."

He went on to claim the incident "reminded us of the harassment that led to the death of my mother, Diana, Princess of Wales", who was killed in a car crash in Paris in 1997, when her vehicle was chased by members of the paparazzi.

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