Britain's royal family has sued the French magazine that published topless pictures of Kate Middleton while on vacation with Prince William in France, according to TMZ.
A rep for St James's Palace released a statement saying "legal proceedings for breach of privacy have been commenced today in France" by the royal couple.
You know, a few hundred years ago, the British Navy would already be crossing the English Channel. Of course, I don't think they had cameras with Telephoto lenses back then.
The pictures -- published by the French magazine Closer -- show Middleton taking off her bikini top while hanging out with William last week at a chÃ¢teau owned by the Queen's nephew, Lord Linley.
Immediately after the photo went public, the Royal Family issued a statement: "Their royal highnesses have been hugely saddened to learn that a French publication and a photographer have invaded their privacy in such a grotesque and totally unjustifiable manner."
The statement went on to say the incident is "reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of Diana, Princess of Wales." Diana died in a car crash while fleeing the paparazzi in France in 1997.
According to TMZ, the statement also said, "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
I wonder if "options" include nukes?
Closer magazine has a UK version as well, which immediately distanced itself from its French counterpart, saying it would "like to make it clear that the two publications make entirely independent editorial decisions. In this respect the comments made by the Editor of the French edition which have reported in the media today do not reflect the opinions of Closer magazine UK."
"Closer magazine UK takes its obligations under the PCC Code extremely seriously and would never publish topless images of a member of the Royal family on its cover or otherwise."
Now, if they were bottomless ...
This is the third time in less than a month a member of the royal family was caught in a photo scandal. Prince Harry played strip billiards with a bunch of party girls with cameras in Las Vegas. Just last week, Prince Philip was caught in an upskirt moment when he wore a kilt (without underwear) to an event in Scotland.
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