Kate Middleton Topless Photos Published; Duchess "Saddened" By Invasion of Privacy

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Prince William and Kate Middleton are "hugely saddened" over the "grotesque, unjustifiable invasion of privacy" by a magazine publishing topless photos of Kate.

French publication Closer printed the Kate Middleton pictures, taken during their holiday at the French chateau of the Queen's nephew, Lord Linley.

The photos are blurry and taken with a long lens, but there are four pages of photos of the couple, with Kate Middleton topless in several of them.

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A spokesman for Clarence House, the Prince of Wales' office, confirmed the existence of the photos and the fact that the couple is reeling because of them:

"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."

"Their Royal Highnesses 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 the Duke and Duchess."

There's now stopping the publication now, in any case. See the grainy, censored but nevertheless NSFW Kate Middleton photos after the jump:

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British newspapers were offered the photos last week but turned them down. Similarly, all but the Sun refused to run the Prince Harry naked photos.

The shocking photo leak comes during the couple's Asia trip and amid the persistent pregnancy rumors that follow Kate, who is said to be very upset.

Royal officials believe a "red line" has been crossed this time, and "there has been a significant hardening of William and Kate's response."

UPDATE: Kate Middleton is suing for breach of privacy.

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I really hope she is not ashamed of this!! As plenty of you said and i will say...A private moment between the two of them, not a public! I hope the person who took the pics and the mag that published them will be punished. They will get through this. Best wishes to the young happy couple.

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maybe someone should offer a reward towards any naked pics of the photographers family members that take these pictures .
personally i would skin them like a rabbit and put those video's on u tube

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James D..... you said it quite well thank you and I think the press stinks--all over our world. They will be our downfall........

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You can tell by the positions she is in that these are extremely private moments, and I'm willing to bet that this mag(rag) will be boycotted by some for their total lack of decency, a la Princess Diana and the paps who led to her death.

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Give them a bloody break. No matter what job your in we are all bloody human. Makes me sick everyone who buys papers etc. They encourage these perverts to go snooping around lowing them self for money all just to find a dirty picture that upsets peoples lives. You all should be ashamed.

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I have to say, as much as i like Kate, i think it was STUPIDITY on her behalf to pose naked. Come one, the media did it to Princess Di. Didn't she learn anything from that? And also, how blind is she?????? HELLO, she's famous!!!!!! Did she forget that? I really thought she had more smarts than that. So, i believe she did this to herself, and SORRY, but i don't feel one bit bad for her in the least. Maybe next time, she'll learn to keep her clothes on......

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Paparazzi killed Lady Diana. Now Paparazzi wants to do the same to Kate.
Please, leave this precious young lady alone.

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The newspapers of this world are shameless. Everyday they display their scummy existance. Publishing photos of the Royal couple proves their only motive is money and they will do anything to get it. You can't boycott their publication because the perverts of this planet will buy their offerings. Decent individuals will not
support their efforts.

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This was wrong on so many levels...She was alone with her husband and yes she was outside but that doesnt give them the right to take pics of her while she is topless. She didnt take her top off with the thought of "Oh these are going to end up published" She did it having a good time with her husband. Simple as that. I do the same out on my deck with my husband when we are alone. I have a 12ft privacy fence around my pool. If she could I would have a lawsuit in a heartbeat against them!!!!

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T Cooper..thats right..she is a public person
BUT was in a private place!!!

Kate Middleton Biography

Royally Pretty Girl A celebrity gossip mainstay since at least 2006, Kate Middleton is Prince William's lady friend. These two dated off and on for many... More »
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Reading, England
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Kate Middleton
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