The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Legal representatives have demanded a criminal investigation for breach of privacy, against the photographer who sold topless pictures of the Duchess to a French magazine.
The investigation could eventually result in the paparazzo being jailed. They were also seeking damages and for the French edition of Closer magazine to be removed from sale as its Italian stablemate magazine caused further embarrassment to William and Kate by publishing new images. Gossip magazine Chi – owned by the Berlusconi family, published 18 paparazzi pictures of the couple on holiday at a private chateau in the south of France, with its editor labeling her as a “Greek goddess”.
It is expected that a court in Nanterres would grant an interim injunction against Closer France later today when the Duke and Duchess’s civil complaint against the magazine is heard this afternoon. It would prevent the magazine publishing more pictures of the Duchess and could force them to withdraw copies of the magazine from sale.
Chi’s editor, Alfonso Signorini, 48, said that “not even a direct appeal from the Queen” would stop him running the pictures and denied any breach of privacy.
According to the reports, many news stands had sold out of the magazine by mid-morning – providing extra revenue for the publishers Mondadori owned by billionaire tycoon Silvio Berlusconi, the country’s former Prime Minister.
One royal advisor has today warned so far unidentified photographer who took the pictures – who has been hiding since the scandal erupted – that he or she will be located soon.
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