Topless Kate photo charges: Publisher and photographer charged in France. Two people have been charged after topless photos were taken of the Duchess of Cambridge and published in a French magazine. The head of the publisher of the French edition of Closer magazine has been charged, AFP reported. And the female photographer, understood to be Valerie Suau, who took the pictures of the Kate and Prince William sunbathing in France last year, was also charged.
A complaint from St James’s Palace sparked an investigation that led to yesterday’s charges.
Last night Kate, wearing a duck-egg blue empire-line Emilia Wickstead cocktail dress and blue heels, appeared blissfully unaware of developments.
Courtiers issued their most strongly-worded statement in years after the event, which was drawn up with William and Kate’s input and veto, saying: “Their Royal Highnesses have been hugely saddened to learn that a French publication and a photographer have invaded their privacy in such a grotesque and totally unjustifiable manner.
“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 Duke and Duchess, who were in the middle of an official tour of the Far East when the pictures were published, won an injunction in the French courts to prevent the publication of more photos, but they were sold on by the photographer and appeared in several other magazines around the world.
Since then, the couple have been pictured on a beach in Mustique.