Kate Middleton Wins First Topless Photo Legal Battle & Sends a Message to Paparazzi

kate middletonIt is a time of celebration for Kate Middleton, her boobs, and the rest of the royal family. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge emerged victorious today when a French court ruled against the further publication of photos of Kate sunbathing topless while vacationing in France. A Paris court has ordered Closer, the magazine that originally ran the pictures, to give the couple all copies of the photos, as well as more than $6,500 in damages -- within 24 hours.

Currently, this ruling only applies to France (the photos were also featured in publications in Italy and Ireland), but a Palace spokesperson said: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcome the judge’s ruling."

I bet. But you know what? This topless photo scandal business couldn't have come at a better time. 


Unfortunately, it was inevitable that there was going to be a "grotesque" breach of Kate Middleton's privacy once she became part of the royal family. Despite the cause of Diana's untimely death, it was something that was bound to happen. Probably best to get the worst out now -- and put a stop to it -- as opposed to putting off something that was bound to happen.

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By the royal family taking legal action -- in another country, no less -- they've shown that they mean business. They've sent a message: This type of relentless paparazzi behavior is unacceptable. It's highly unlikely that photogs will stop pursuing the Duke and Duchess altogether, but at the very least (hopefully), they'll back off a bit -- particularly when it comes to trying to get shots of incredibly intimate, incredibly private moments the couple are sharing.

It was smart for the Palace, who was clearly enraged at the situation, to take the issue to court. Hopefully, it will set an example. For them to simply complain and threaten legal action would have accomplished nothing. Hopefully, the other publications that ran the photos -- the Irish Daily Star and Chi -- will have to deal with them next.

Do you think the Palace sent a message by going to court?


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