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French authorities have charged a photographer and a publishing executive for printing the now-infamous Kate Middleton topless photos last summer.

Ernesto Maurim, who runs the French magazine Closer, was charged with invasion of privacy for printing topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge.

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Photographer Valerie Suau, who took pictures of Middleton, 31, for regional newspaper La Provence, was also charged, according to the Mirror (UK).

The incident occurred while Kate and Prince William were on vacation at a Provence chateau. Suau has denied taking the semi-nude photos of Kate.

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As promised, Chi Magazine defiantly published long-lens photos of the pregnant Kate Middleton strolling on the beach in Mustique in a blue bikini.

With the 31-year-old Duchess' ever-so-slight baby bump visible, the magazine's headline reads "La Pancia Cresce." Translation: "Your Belly Grows."

So does the controversy over Kate's right to privacy.

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Chi Magazine, which supposedly paid $300,000-plus for the Kate Middleton bikini photos, appears utterly unconcerned by the ire of the British royal family.

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A NEW batch of Kate Middleton bikini photos will reportedly be published in Italy's Chi magazine, months after it ran topless shots of the Duchess.

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St James' Palace condemned plans by the celebrity gossip magazine to print photos of Prince William's pregnant wife on a private Caribbean holiday.

The alleged Kate Middleton photos are said to show the 31-year-old wearing a bikini and walking on a beach on the island of Mustique with her husband.

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A member of the nursing staff at King Edward VII Hospital in London reportedly committed suicide after falling for a phone hoax about the pregnant Kate Middleton.

Two Australian DJs apparently phoned the hospital pretending to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, the grandmother and father of Prince William.

The DJs were dispatched to the Duchess of Cambridge's personal nursing staff and were given private details regarding the mother-to-be's condition and care.

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The paparazzo who took the now-infamous photographs of Kate Middleton topless and bottomless has been identified as part of the ongoing criminal investigation.

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Prince William's criminal filing after the fact has led officials to the celebrity news photographer who snapped around 200 photos of the couple sunbathing in France.

Over 200 photos of Kate Middleton topless and in various stages of undress were taken from a great distance and published in tabloids across Europe.

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Upsetting as the release of photos of her naked at a private villa has been for Kate Middleton, they've actually helped her self-image, according to reports.

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Insiders say the Duchess of Cambridge has never been very confident about her body, and once the initial shock of the Kate Middleton topless pictures' release dissipated, support - and positive feedback - from Internet users and the public has boosted her confidence.

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The release of Kate Middleton nude photos in Scandinavia was the latest chapter of the recent royal scandal, but will it be the last we hear of the bottomless and topless pics?

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For celebrity gossip publications, the controversial pictures are the gift that keeps on giving. For the royal family, it's starting to look like a nightmare that will never end.

A blogger for the The Telegraph (UK) reports, "Newspaper pictures editors tell me there are as many as 270 pictures being hawked around." So far, we've seen 24.

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The Kate Middleton photo scandal has come roaring back with the publication of even more (and clearer) images in Scandinavian gossip magazine Se og Hør this week.

The magazine's editor quickly defended the move.

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"We are a leading gossip magazine in Denmark, and it is my job to publish them," Kim Henningsen said of the Kate Middleton topless (and bottomless) images.

Taken with a long lens, the images - basically the same as the ones published previously in French and Irish magazines - show Kate in a bikini ... and then not in a bikini.

A rep for the royals declined comment, saying, "Our stance is the same as before - we aren't commenting save to say all proportionate legal responses will be kept under review."

Take a look at the [NSFW] Kate Middleton photos after the jump:

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A Swedish celebrity gossip magazine has just published photos of Kate Middleton topless and its sister publication in Denmark says it will follow suit this week.

The unauthorized Kate Middleton photos have already been widely published in France, Italy, Ireland and on the Internet, despite the royal family's best efforts.

The latest publication in Sweden’s Se & Hor came as French police opened a criminal investigation into whether the infamous pics were an invasion of privacy.

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“It is nothing new to us to publish nude photos of celebrities on holiday,” said Carina Lofkvist, the chief editor of the Swedish celebrity magazine, on Thursday.

She said Kate Moss, Demi Moore and Sharon Stone have all done the same thing. “No one complains when they do and we print the photos,” Lofkvist said.

Sister publication Se & Hoer in Denmark will publish the pictures as well; they were offered 240 Kate Middleton photos but decided only to use 60-70 of them.

Both magazines declined to say who specifically sold them the images or how much money they paid to acquire them, but it's safe to say it wasn't cheap.

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A French court has ruled in favor of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge regarding the Kate Middleton topless pics in Closer magazine, prohibiting all publication.

However, the ruling does not apply to other magazines - Italy's Chi and Ireland's Daily Star have also ran with the topless and nude photos - outside of France.

There's also the widespread dissemination of the photos via the Internet.

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Nevertheless, the court called the invasion of Kate and Prince William's privacy a "brutal display" and ordered Closer to immediately turn over all copies of the pics.

That includes digital copies. Failure to do so means a $13,100 fine. Per day.

The palace has also filed a criminal complaint against those responsible for the Kate Middleton pictures ... whoever that might be. The photographer is still unknown.

Whoever it was took the photos of Kate Middleton topless from a LONG distance away.

As she sunbathed on the balcony of a French chateau with Prince William, Kate clearly had NO idea anyone was watching during their holiday at a private residence.

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