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Topless Kate Wins Duchess of Cambridge Paparazzi Case

Image: Topless Kate Wins Duchess of Cambridge Paparazzi Case

Kate Middleton in Kensington Palace's sunken garden just last week. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 06 September 2017 06:10 AM

The Duchess of Cambridge paparazzi case, as it’s called, was won by Kate Middleton in a French court ruling on Tuesday that said photographs showing her sunbathing topless while on vacation in the south of France were an invasion of privacy.

CNN reported the duchess and her husband Prince William were awarded 100,000 euros (about $118,000) in damages.

Editors and executives of glossy gossip magazine Closer and regional newspaper La Provence, which published the topless images of Middleton, were fined an additional 45,000 to 50,000 euros (about $54,000 to $60,000).

The photos were taken in 2012 while the royal couple was visiting a private chateau owned by Queen Elizabeth’s nephew, Viscount Linley.

One of the images appeared on the front cover of Closer, The Guardian noted, and others were published on inside pages.

The photos also appeared in various other European publications despite an immediate injunction being granted to the royal couple that prevented the images being used elsewhere.

Six photographers and magazine executives were taken to court, with lawyers representing the couple demanding 1.5 million euros (nearly $1.8 million) in damages.

At the time, a statement released to Business Insider by the royal couple’s spokesperson described the publication of the images as "grotesque and totally unjustifiable."

It further stated “the incident is reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, and all the more upsetting to the Duke and Duchess for being so."

The couple were not present for the verdict hearing on Tuesday.

The ruling came a day after William and Middleton announced they were expecting their third child.

According to a statement by the palace, the Duchess of Cambridge was suffering from acute morning sickness and had canceled appearances.

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The Duchess of Cambridge paparazzi case, as it’s called, was won by Kate Middleton in a French court ruling on Tuesday that said photographs showing her sunbathing topless while on vacation in the south of France were an invasion of privacy.
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