Kate Middleton: Topless Photo Lawsuit Leads to BIG Payday!

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Back in 2012, topless photos of Kate Middleton were published by a French tabloid, much to the shock and chagrin of the Royal family.

At the time, Middleton promised to sue the publishers of Closer magazine, and the protracted legal battle appears to have finally come to an end.

Kate and William Laugh

A French court decided today to impose the maximum fine on the magazine, as well as on its editor and owner.

Closer will be forced to shell out $119,000 to the Middletons.

Its owner and editor must fork over $53,000 each.

Obviously, it's chump change for a family that lives in a freakin' castle, but as a symbolic victory, this one carries intangible benefits.

Like the Taylor Swift sexual assault case that landed the singer one dollar in damages, the trial had more to do with principles than profits.

The photos of the famously private Duchess of Cambridge were taken without her consent with a telephoto lens years ago.

While she and husband Prince William were vacationing in the French region of Provence, clearly they had no idea this was happening.

Kate Middleton with Charlotte

Kate and William were not in court for today's ruling, but news of their legal victory comes amidst a hectic week for the Royals.

On Monday, the world learned that - after months of rumors that she may be expecting - Kate is pregnant with her third child.

Tuesday morning, Meghan Markle spoke publicly about dating Prince Harry for the first time in the couple's year-long relationship.

And now, the 35-year-old soon-to-be mother of three has scored a legal victory with the potential for huge ramifications.

Like we said, the financial sum is a pittance to the Royals, who will likely donate the entire judgment to charity.

What's far more important to them is the message sent by this verdict - that such behavior is simply unacceptable.

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All members of the British royal family sign on for lives of frequent privacy invasions, but there is still a line that was crossed here.

That doesn't mean every aspect of their life is subject to public scrutiny, particularly when they go out of their way to avoid it.

Now, as they prepare to welcome their third child, they have served notice that they will fight for what's right, and offenders will pay.

Will and Kate have drawn a line in the sand and reminded the world that those who dare to cross it will face dire consequences.

Sure, it's a far cry from the days when folks who pissed off the Royals had their heads lopped off in the town square, but hey.

It should still be enough to send a message to over-zealous journos. Kate may not be queen yet, but she's already begun to slay.

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Kate Middleton Biography

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Reading, England
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Kate Middleton