French Court Sides With William And Kate In Topless Photos Case

A French tabloid must pay the royal couple $119,000 in damages. It published topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge in 2012.
Posted at 3:12 PM, Sep 05, 2017

A French court ordered a magazine to pay the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge $119,000 in damages, five years after it published topless photos of Kate Middleton.

In 2012, a photographer for Closer magazine — a French tabloid — snapped photos of Kate sunbathing from about a half-mile away.

Kate and William were staying at a private residence in Provence, France.

On Tuesday, the court ruled Closer magazine violated the couple's privacy. In addition to the $119,000 in damages, the magazine's editor and owner must pay a fine of roughly $54,000 each.

Although the magazine's editor and owner got the maximum fine the French legal system allows, the damages awarded were considerably less than the $1.9 million the couple's lawyers pushed for.

The court's decision came the day after William and Kate said they're expecting their third child.