The Royal Family is having a hard time keeping their clothes on lately…
First Harry, now Kate? …You read that right. Topless photos of The Duchess of Cambridge were snapped and published by a French celebrity gossip magazine called Closer. Now the palace is considered legal options and speaking out in outrage.
But before you go picturing Kate Middleton romping around a Vegas strip party like her raging brother-in-law, let me go ahead and squelch that fantasy…
The photos were taken in a private setting while Kate was sunbathing. The photog who snapped the shots was obviously breaking some kind of law, or at least an ethical code…
“The incident is reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, and all the more upsetting to The Duke and Duchess for being so," a statement from St. James’ Palace to People read.
"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."
A source at the palace continued that the royal couple is deeply “saddened” by the way things have played out.
"We certainly feel a red line's been crossed," a palace source told People, adding that Kate’s disposition right now is "one of anger and disbelief."
The couple is currently on in the middle of a visit to Asia. Despite this new drama, they plan to continue their tour of Singapore, Malaysia, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu in honor of The Queen. Their next stop is the rainforests of Borneo.
Update: Following the newest scandal that rocked the UK when topless photos of the Duchess were published by French magazine Closer, the Royal Palace has taken legal action.
Kate Middleton has filed a lawsuit against the publication.
Hollyscoop has been in touch with a spokesperson for St. James’s Palace, who released the following statement:
"St James's Palace confirms that legal proceedings for breach of privacy have been commenced today in France by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge against the Publishers of Closer Magazine France.”