Kate Middleton to Sue Over Topless Pictures, Breach of Privacy

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Within hours of Kate Middleton topless pictures burning up the Internet and the pages of French tabloid Closer, the Royal Family is reportedly planning action against the magazine behind these images.

A rep for St. James's Palace just released a statement saying that "legal proceedings for breach of privacy have been commenced today in France" by Kate and William. No further details were included.

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The move does not come as a shock, considering the family's swift and forceful reaction to the photos in question.

"The incident is reminiscent of the worst excess of the paparazzi during the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, and all the more upsetting to the Duke and Duchess for being so," said a spokesman for Clarence House, the Prince of Wales' office, early this morning.

But that's not how Laurence Pieau of Closer sees it. This editor doesn't see why there's any fuss being made over the shots at all.

"These photos are not in the least shocking," he told the Agence France-Presse. "They show a young woman sunbathing topless, like the millions of women you see on beaches."

If Pieau actually believed this, of course, it would raise the question: Why run the supposedly mundane pictures in the first place?

Fortunately, this scandalous hullabaloo does have a silver lining for the Royals: There's no talk anymore about Kate Middleton pregnant rumors, is there?

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There's an Op on Opscotch about how this whole matter has been blown out of proportion, especially given the ubiquity of topless celebrity pictures taken by paparazzi floating around the internet. Interestingly, female readers unanimously disagreed, writing strong counterarguments. Read the full Op here: http://bit.ly/OBKOGG.

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The young couple must realise that when they are outside of the UK the international press and population will see them as "celebrities" and therefore they will treat them as such and invade upon their privacy in order to earn money and sell magazines. Therefore I would think that they should be more careful and not let their hair down only to be caught on camera when abroad. They are so used to being protected by palace walls, they must remember that when they are not in the safety of the inside of their homes the press will take advantage of their humanity whenever they give them the opportunity.

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She should no better. Ya we could say she should have a private life but lets face it her job and her life is public. If she did not want to be seen than she should not have gone topless. A woman in her position will just about manage privacy in the toilet. Again she should know better. The Royals are making this worse they should not be sueing anybody they should let this die away in its own time they are only adding more scandal to scandal. I have to say i love wil and kate they make me want to read everyday about the royals but she slipped up and so did he but i like that it makes me more aware of how human they are. But they need to let it go now.

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Well I'm also an idiot...because I commented....damn....I should get a life

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I must stop reading this page as I can't stand the mainly idiotic comments, and that combined with illiteracy and bad English grammar, is too shocking for anymore wasted words. For those who give a fair statement - sorry....I don't mean you!

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One way to stop the paparazzi taking pics of you with your top off.. KEEP YOUR TOP ON!

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you did the right thing kate: THIS WILL EVEN MAKE YOU MORE POPULAIR!!

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She seems very thin, almost skinny. I wouldn't think there would be a whole lot to see. French Magazine published Kate Middleton topless private pics here http://mcaf.ee/5t4cb

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......why be topless outside? you know someone is always watching. stupid.

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I just checked them and I'd be pissed too, in fact I'd keep them covered up, nothing special, maybe K.K. can hook'er up with some new ones. Lololol