French Court Bans Kate Middleton’s Topless Photos

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have won their first legal battle in an attempt to block further publication of photos of the Duchess sunbathing topless while on vacation in France.

The photos must not be published again, a French court ruled Tuesday, according to the BBC. And Closer magazine, which was the first to obtain and print them, was ordered to give the originals to the couple within 24 hours. The ruling applies only to France. The Irish Daily Star and the Italian magazine Chi have already republished the photos – the latter in a 26-page section on Monday.

British newspapers, so far, have refrained from printing the photos. But on Monday in Dublin, the publishers of the Irish Daily Star released the following statement: “Independent Star Limited has suspended editor Michael O’Kane with immediate effect, pending an investigation into the circumstances that led to the Irish Daily Star re-publishing pages from the French magazine Closer, which contained images of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.”


William and Kate, though keeping a brave face during the embarrassing episode while on a tour of Asia, have also filed a criminal complaint against Closer and will be seeking damages, a spokesperson for Clarence House said on Monday.

French attorney Vincent Tolédano, a specialist in media law tells PEOPLE, “Closer cannot publish these images any longer. Now it is up to the criminal investigation to try and determine who the photographer is. In court, Closer maintained they didn’t own the rights to the images, and now it is up to the police … to investigate and determine the particulars.”

What is your reaction regarding Duchess Kate’s leaked topless photos? Do you think the paps trespassed in order to obtain these intimate shots? Feel free to comment on this issue!

Source: People

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Royals To Take Legal Action Over Kate Middleton’s Published Topless Photos

A celebration of love and beauty? Or an illegal invasion of privacy? The battle lines are being drawn in France as a magazine editor defends the decision to publish topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge.

“These photos are not in the least shocking,” Laurence Pieau of Closer told the Agence France-Presse on Friday. “They show a young woman sunbathing topless, like the millions of women you see on beaches.” Calling the reaction to the photos “disproportionate,” Pieau adds, “It is a young couple that has just been married. They are in love. They are beautiful. She is the princess of the 21st century.”

But the royals, who are in the middle of their nine-day tour of Asia, are taking legal action in France. ”St James’s Palace confirms that legal proceedings for breach of privacy have been commenced today in France by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge against the Publishers of Closer Magazine France,” a St James’s Palace spokesperson said in a statement Friday.


While Pieau says the pictures were snapped from a nearby road from which Kate was visible sunbathing, and also notes they are “full of joy” and are “not degrading,” on Friday afternoon Will and Kate did not look happy as they continued their planned visit in Kuala Lumpur, according to observers.

Earlier Friday morning, the palace initially reacted with anger over the publication of the photos.

“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,” read a statement released Friday from a St. James’s Palace spokesman. “Their Royal Highnesses had every expectation of privacy in the remote house. It is unthinkable that anyone should take such photographs, let alone publish them.”

What do you think — did the paps go too far when they shot Duchess Kate’s intimate photos with Prince William? Feel free to comment on this issue!

Source: People

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Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge To Conquer Asia!

The British royals are trying to DOMINATE Asia?! Dastardly! Nah, obvi Prince William and wonderful wifey Kate Middleton do NOT have plans for global domination (hopefully!), but they WILL be taking a trip around Asia and the Pacific Isles this September, in honor of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Tour!

The aristocratic pair will spend two days in Singapore, then hop over to Malaysia to explore Kuala Lumpur, Sabah, and Borneo, and will conclude their adventure with a tryst in the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu. The duo will be repping the British government.


This is the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s schedule for the Asian tour:

  • September 11: Singapore
  • September 13: Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur; Borneo)
  • September 16: The Solomon Islands
  • September 18: Tuvalu
  • September 19: Depart

Aw sounds like romantical-political occasion! We wonder, will the lovers have any time for a royal romp in the sack? Some sexy time in Tuvalu perhaps? They’ve gotta keep up that physical adoration, or they’ll be in danger of turning all stiff upper-lippy! A true life fairy tale… it’s magical to the maximus!

Do you think the famous royal couple will have time for a romantic honeymoon during their trip to Asia? Do you think Prince William and Duchess Kate will plan to have a baby after this busy schedule?

Source: Perez Hilton

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Kate Middleton’s Rumored Baby Bump Amidst Diamond Jubilee

The royal family has just finished celebrating the Diamond Jubilee, but many royal followers have also been on a Kate Middleton baby bump watch.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge recently celebrated their first wedding anniversary, and many fans think that a Kate Middleton pregnancy must be coming soon. One media outlet has Kate on the cover this week with the supposed “first bump photos,” but fans who watched Catherine Middleton and Prince William in Tuesday’s events think this is another round of rumors with little to no substance.


InTouch Weekly has a cover story on their new issue claiming Kate Middleton’s baby bump is visible in “a rare unguarded moment.” The magazine claims that witnesses who saw her shopping May 31 noticed the bump, and thought she had a glow in her cheeks along with the fact that “Her face is more rounded – and so is her bottom.” Of course they note that the Palace has been quiet on the topic.

In contrast to the photo of Kate Middleton’s “baby bump” on their cover, many fans watched the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during Tuesday’s Diamond Jubilee festivities. It would be difficult to say there was any hint of a Kate Middleton baby bump in any of those pictures, as the Duchess appeared as slim as ever.

What do you think of Kate’s pregnancy rumors? And if they are indeed true, when do you think will the Palace announce it to the public?

Source: Examiner

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Kate and William Back On Red Carpet For ‘African Cats’

After an absence from the red carpet, Kate Middleton and Prince William made an appearance at the London premiere of the film African Cats on Wednesday.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the screening to help raise donations for William’s animal conservation charity, Tusk Trust. Looking absolutely stunning in a peplum Matthew Williamson dress, Middleton and her husband endured the rain as they walked towards the BFI Southbank. Prince William was a perfect gentleman and held an umbrella for Middleton while strolling down the red carpet.


The Disney Nature film, directed by Guy Ritchie, features a pride of lions and a family of cheetahs in Kenya. This movie highlights the animal welfare crisis and how these cats must fight for their survival each and every day.

“He’s passionate about Africa and he’s very concerned about the current crisis,” the co-founder of Tusk Trust, Charlie Mayhew, said of Prince William. “It’s enormously important and enormously valuable to have as our royal patron Prince William,” he added.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have both been enthusiastic in their public duties. What can you say about the Royal Couple’s passion for public and environmental welfare? Feel free to share your opinions with us!

Source: The Celebrity Cafe

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