The Duke of Cambridge has branded leaked topless photos of his wide “particularly shocking” given the harassment his late mother was subjected to.
The Independent reports that the prince is seeking €1.5million in damages from French magazine Closer, after it published long lens pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge sunbathing topless on holiday. The couple had been enjoying the sunshine on the terrace of a private chateau in Provence owned by Viscount Linley, the Queen’s nephew, when they were photographed.
Closer then published the images along with the headline “Oh my god!” The Duke is also seeking €42,000 (£35,400) from a local Provence newspaper after it ran the images, censoring the Duchess’ chest.
Four years after the incident, six people are on trial in Nanterre, each of whom are allegedly linked to the breach of privacy. They face criminal charges of invasion of privacy and complicity but deny causing any damage.
“In September 2012, my wife and I thought that we could go to France for a few days in a secluded villa owned by a member of my family, and thus enjoy our privacy,” said William in a written declaration read in French in court by the couple’s lawyer Jean Veil.
“We know France and the French and we know that they are, in principle, respectful of private life, including that of their guests. The clandestine way in which these photographs were taken was particularly shocking to us as it breached our privacy.”
He added that the photos were “all the more painful” after the paparazzi scrutiny his mother faced during her lifetime.
The verdict is expected next week.
From: Harper’s BAZAAR UK