Kate Middleton Awarded $120,000 in Topless Photo Scandal by French Court

Kate Middleton Awarded $120,000 in Topless Photo Scandal by French Court

Prince William and pregnant Kate Middleton have reportedly won their lawsuit against French tabloid magazine Closer. The publication was ordered to pay $120,000 in damages for publishing topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge. A French court also ordered Closer magazine’s editor and owner to each pay about $53,000 as well.

The scandalous photos of Kate Middleton were taken with a long lens back in 2012. The pics showed the Duchess topless and bottomless on a balcony of a private resident in the south of France. At the time, Magazine editor Laurence Pieau defended his publication by saying Kate’s naked photos were not in the least shocking. But the British royal family didn’t see it this way. A lawyer for the Duke and Duchess said that the couple suffered a grotesque breach of privacy and that they felt “violated during a highly intimate moment during a scene of their married life.”

The scandalous photos were also reproduced by other publications in Italy, Ireland, Sweden and Denmark. For the Duchess of Cambridge, there’s no doubt that she is feeling a huge sense of relief now that she can put this case behind her. It’s caused her enough embarrassment as it is. After all, she is married to the future King of England. And if there’s one thing that Queen Elizabeth can’t stand, it’s seeing the royal family make scandalous headlines. While the Duchess has had her fair share of public wardrobe malfunctions, she’s managed to keep her body covered for the most part. Her life is already stressful behind palace doors as it is.

Kate Middleton Awarded $120,000 in Topless Photo Scandal by French Court

So far neither Prince William nor Kate Middleton have made any comments about the settlement. Although at this point, there’s a very small chance that they will. Instead, Kate wants to focus on moving on with her life. After all, she’s pregnant with the couple’s third child and she needs to prepare Prince George for his first day of school later this week.

Prince William is also getting ready for his new life as a full-time royal. For the Duke of Cambridge, his main concern is making sure that his family is always safe and out of harm’s way. He also wants to make sure that the paparazzi will keep their distance from his wife and their children.

In the meantime, don’t forget to check back with CDL for all the latest news on Prince William and Kate Middleton along with the entire royal family right here!

Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth- WPA Pool/Getty Images

32 responses to “Kate Middleton Awarded $120,000 in Topless Photo Scandal by French Court”

  1. Elizabeth Connell says:

    That’s nice and all but what about those times when she showed her bum on purpose?

  2. HotMess88 says:

    “While the Duchess has had her fair share of public wardrobe malfunctions, she’s managed to keep her body covered for the most part”. Seriously, are you the overseas correspondent from Siberia? The woman has had no “wardrobe malfunctions”. She’s quite simply, an “exhibitionist”.
    She apparently finds knickers a drag, so doesn’t bother wearing them, and chooses to wear outfits with floaty, full skirts that levitate with the slightest up draft.
    Sigi has listed links to some of Middleton’s public display of her bare butt and the infamous “beaver” shot in the last few articles.
    Middleton’s exhibitionist behaviour dates back to her school days when she and her boarding school pals used to moon the lads from the local private school, from their bedroom windown.
    Most is us have seen way too much of that woman’s naked lower half; we’ve seen more of her butt than we’ve seen of own.
    Unfortunate that the lawyers for the paps were unable to use the public butt-baring photos as evidence to prove the woman has from.
    Was her privacy breached? When you’re seriously involved with a future king, you’re expected to play by a different set of rules to the rest of us. The paparazzi will go to any lengths, legal or otherwise, to get the “money” shot.
    The fact that Witless and Clueless were awarded a pittance of their original claim of $4m indicates that the Court may have found the claim frivolous, however, as it was dealing with members of the RF, it was under an obligation to find in their favour and award them a nominal amount.
    Seriously, writer-person, spend a half an hour researching “Kate Middleton’s Bare Butt” (or similar) online and you will find a huge back-catalogue of photos that demonstrate the wardrobe “malfunctions” were simply examples of deliberate exhibitionism.

    • Sigi says:

      Great post. That’s the f-ing TRUTH alright.

      You accidentally left a word out of this sentence, “we’ve seen more of her butt than we’ve seen of own.” I laughed out loud. Great funny line there, with or without the missing word I understood what you meant.

      • HotMess88 says:

        Thank you, dear. Correction made – one problem of not having a copy editor.
        Hopefully, I will be “en pointe” soon :)

        • Sigi says:

          Yes, feel better soon !

          • HotMess88 says:

            Thanks – I’m feeling great today!! Pain-free!
            Note: the troll from hell is back (see below) after having after Anne Marie wiped her comments a few days ago. She’s persistent – back as both Guest and Tucker – oooh – she’s a wiley minx!!!
            I’ve been keeping up with “Irma”, since you enlightened me it was a hurricane (and not a chick). Hell’s bells it’s scary!! Category 4 now – one point less than “Katrina” and due to hit Florida tomorrow. I can’t imagine having to cope with that. We’ve had one hurricane in my lifetime in 1974/75. Hope there aren’t too many casualties.
            Anyway, I’m baaack!!

          • Sigi says:

            oh great news !
            And yes what’s life without TROLLS ?

            Yes indeed, the Irma hurricane is going to be pretty bad, at least it’s not still a CAT 5. Seems like everyone’s trying to get out of Florida. Can’t blame them !

          • HotMess88 says:

            Right. LOL!!! I apologised to Lara for my ignorance by telling her: “I’m Australian” – very much in the manner of ‘Fawlty Towers’ – explaining Manuel’s incompetence: “He’s from Barcelona”. :)

          • Sigi says:

            LMAO. Yeah. I nearly died when you answered her as if she and “Irma” were going to duke it out !

            I love Fawlty Towers.

          • HotMess88 says:

            Yes, I was slightly mortified by giving her such a flippant response. Amazing how much you miss when you switch off for a few days.

          • Sigi says:

            It was hysterical,
            That sort of unintended stuff is really funny.

          • HotMess88 says:

            In retrospect, it was funny in a clueless way.
            Off for my rocket-fuel – be back on later :)

          • Sigi says:

            Yes that’s what I meant,
            I do things like it all the time too !

            OK, good luck with the rocket fuel.

  3. Sigi says:

    Waity somehow manages to make herself look like MORE of a retard than ever, ditto Silly Willy. Fucking morons. Right, Waity let her flat tits,her boy ass and her crotch flap in the wind so often it was all seen as a hobby of hers. It got to be routine. “Oh, yeah ? Her bare ass made the news again ? Really ? Yawn……..”.

    The two entitled, flaming morons have only highlighted her stupid habits and his support of them. Waity’s mental instability is highlighted too, by their castigating the press over what SHE does. EXHIBITIONISM. Which is fine with me. It’s funny to see them make @ssholes of themselves {again}. They’re a laughingstock. And they only got a percentage of what they sued for. With all their stupid antics they just keep digging their deep hole even deeper.
    Charles and Camilla are one set of losers, Silly Willy and his Ass Tramp are another.

    • HotMess88 says:

      LOL!!! I’m guessing from your mild and measured comments, that you’re not a fan!! Always enjoy it when you go batsh*t
      cra-cra over Witless & Clueless!!

      • Sigi says:

        Thanks. They’re so annoying. It’s really astonishing they’re so dumb they can’t see that legal verdict was hardly a triumph !

        • HotMess88 says:

          Oh hell no! In total they received less than $200,000 when the original claim was for $4m – indicates how seriously the Court took the matter. $200,000 is just a drop in the ocean to the media organisations – wouldn’t cause a ripple. Rather than crowing about a “win”, I’d have thought there would have embarrassment at the piddling amount awarded.

  4. Sigi says:


  5. HotMess88 says:

    I see you’ve managed to slither back onto boards – twice.
    Remember to be nice now, or you’ll get the flick quick.

    • Sigi says:

      The troll has a split personality. Created the two ID’s so it can “function”.

      • HotMess88 says:

        Man, I’m making a lot of errors – brain needs to warm up – with a double shot of coffee.
        Yes, when writing under two usernames, always helps not to make the comments at the SAME time.

  6. HotMess88 says:

    Got it – very granny-like!

  7. HotMess88 says:

    What you’re doing, ding-a-ling is “stalking”. Just one more example of this bullsh*t and I’ll report you – no hesitation. Now, bugger off.

    • Elizabeth Connell says:

      Guest/Gina is creepy as hell, what business is it of him/her if we are unmarried or are even married? And it’s no one’s business except for us posters if we are childless or not. Gia must have some fetish for childless women or something

      • HotMess88 says:

        She’s definitely a weird one; she’s been tailing me for almost two years. I had a quick scan of the boards – she’s also made similar ridiculous comments to both you and Royalwatcher. She’s moved from abuse to stalking – which is also against the Disqus rules. Even the moderators find her behaviour strange.

  8. HotMess88 says:


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  10. HotMess88 says:

    Just found your comment – I don’t get seem to be getting alerts.
    I was watching updates on CNN – very scary situation.
    I heard yesterday that there is a hurricane heading toward NY.
    Glad you’re fine :)

  11. HotMess88 says:

    I think it’s probably the only job she might actually be good at. She’s so clueless, organ donor is the only other role she could handle.