Kate Middleton's topless pictures in French magazine have Royal family consulting lawyers

kate-middleton-topless-pictures-closer-magazine.jpgJust three weeks after nude photographs of Prince Harry partying in Las Vegas made the rounds on the internet, the Royal family is now embroiled in another nude photo scandal. French magazine Closer has published a series of photos of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge sunbathing topless.

In the five-page spread, the Duchess is relaxing on a balcony with Prince William in a private village in southern France that is reportedly owned by a son of the late Princess Margaret, who was the younger sister of Queen Elizabeth.

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The Royal family has released a statement Friday (Sept. 14):

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 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.

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 of Their Royal Highnesses are consulting with lawyers to consider what options may be available to the Duke and Duchess.

According to Reuters, the magazine cracks, "Harry started the fashion: these days the Windsors take their clothes off."

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A Royal family source adds to Reuters that the couple are angry and sad that their privacy has been breached in such a manner and that they believe the photographs to be genuine.

What do you think, readers? Gross invasion of privacy, considering it was at a private residence?

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Photo/Video credit: Getty Images, Closer magazine