A French court ordered a magazine publisher to hand over all digital copies of topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge within 24 hours and blocked further publication of what it called a “brutal display” of William and Kate’s private moments.
Under the ruling Tuesday, the publisher of the French gossip magazine Closer faces a daily fine of about $13,000 if it fails to hand over the photos featured in Friday’s “world exclusive” issue of Prince William’s wife Kate.
“These snapshots which showed the intimacy of a couple, partially naked on the terrace of a private home, surrounded by a park several hundred meters from a public road, and being able to legitimately assume that they are protected from passers-by, are by nature particularly intrusive,” the French ruling decreed. “[They] were thus subjected to this brutal display the moment the cover appeared.”
The court also handed out an injunction to stop Closer France from republishing the offending pictures — including on its website and its tablet app — as well as re-selling them.
A statement Tuesday from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said they “welcome the judge’s ruling.”
An Irish newspaper editor, meanwhile, was suspended after he chose to publish some of the topless photos in the Independent Star.
The case is the first of two parallel legal actions by the British royals. In a reflection of just how intent they are on protecting their privacy — and likely dissuading paparazzi from future ventures — St. James’s Palace said family lawyers would be filing a criminal complaint against ‘X,’ the unnamed photographer who took the pictures.