Laurence Pieau, the editor of Closer, the French magazine that boldly published the topless photos of Kate Middleton, has been formally charged for being in breach of France's privacy laws. Pieau was arrested in early July and will now have to stand trial, along with publishing director Ernesto Mauri and at least two photographers. Pieau has said that she has no regrets regarding her decision to publish the scandalous pictures. "These photos are not in the least shocking," she said. "They show a young woman sunbathing topless, like the millions of women you see on beaches."
The Duke and Duchess will probably be able to rest a little easier, knowing that their case is being taken seriously and there's a precedent that may be set. But at the end of the day, I doubt they'll ever feel truly safe. France had strict privacy laws at the time of Princess Diana's death, also.
It will likely be a long time before something like this -- such a gross invasion of privacy -- happens again. Pieau, her publisher, and the photogs could potentially go to jail for this, as they broke a law. And that has to make Will and Kate feel good right now, particularly since they've recently added a third to their family. But at the end of the day, the paparazzi are ruthless. And there's no doubt in my mind that something will come up again in the next few years. Maybe it won't be this bad, but someone will break a law and breach privacy in order to get a pic of the Duke, Duchess, or Prince of Cambridge.
But let's focus on the good here, shall we? Justice is being served, and the people who took and published highly-private photos of Kate Middleton will have to pay in some capacity. Much, much better than if nothing was done at all.
Do you think Kate's privacy will be invaded again?
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