William was absolutely ‘furious’ and ‘disgusted’ when the long lens pictures of Kate sunbathing on the terrace of a guest house, were published in a French magazine.
The intimate photos were taken while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, were on holiday in Provence, France, in September of 2012.
The couple was staying at chateau owned by Lord Linley. Officials who toured with Prince William in Malaysia claimed that the royal couple were furious and hurt by the publication of the photographs. They reportedly did not know anything about the pictures until the magazine’s website showed an image of its new front cover.
The magazine claimed that it was Kate in bikini, who was about to remove her top.
A couple of days later, the French magazine emerged on the streets of Paris with topless pictures of Kate. It was reported that the photos were offered to British newspapers. However, they all turned them down.
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A spokesman for the Duke and Duchess told The Royal UK: “Their sadness has turned to anger and disbelief. As we have learnt more about the photographs. We believe a red line has been crossed. And now, we are consulting the French lawyers to see what, if any, action can be taken”.
In addition, royal aides released an official statement.
“Their Royal Highnesses have been hugely saddened to learn that a French publication have invaded their privacy. That too in a totally unjustifiable manner. The incident is reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of Diana. And all the more upsetting to the Duke and Duchess for being so”.
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“The couple had every expectation of privacy in the remote house. It is unthinkable that anyone should take such photographs, let alone publish them. Officials acting on behalf of Their Royal Highnesses are consulting with lawyers to consider what options may be available to them”.
It didn’t end up well for the publication.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge ended up suing the publication. This resulted in a judge ordering the publication to pay Kate and William €100,000 in damages. After the event, a royal expert claimed that William should have warned Kate to “keep her top on” before she was photographed.