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Britain's Kate Duchess of Cambridge speaks at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in central London, Tuesday Jan. 17, 2017 where she Prince William and Prince Harry were outlining the next phase of their mental health Heads Together campaign. (Stefan Wermuth/Pool via AP)

A court ruled topless photos of Kate Middleton invaded her privacy


A French court on Tuesday ruled that photographs of Kate Middleton sunbathing topless on vacation in 2012 were an invasion of privacy, according to CNN.

CNN reported that the court awarded 100,000 euros in damages to Middleton, who is Great Britain’s duchess of Cambridge, and her husband, Prince William.

The court fined the editor of a magazine and other individuals associated with the publication of the photographs 45,000 to 50,000 euros (approximately $54,000 to $60,000).

Middleton and William had been seeking 1.5 million euros (roughly $1.8 million) in damages before Tuesday’s ruling.

Closer magazine and La Provence, a regional newspaper in southern France, published grainy photos of Middleton sunbathing topless during a vacation there in 2012.

The photos were snapped using a long lenses as Middleton and William stayed at a private chateau owned by Viscount Linley, who is a nephew of Queen Elizabeth II.

Elizabeth is the mother of Charles, Prince of Wales, who is William’s father and second-in-line from the British throne.

William in 2012 blasted the publication of the photos as “particularly shocking” due to his mother’s struggles with the paparazzi.

Princess Diana died in 1997 following a car accident in Paris that involved photographers tailing her vehicle.

“The incident is reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, and the more upsetting to the Duke and the Duchess for being so,” a St. James Palace spokesman added after William’s remarks in 2012.

A French court also fined Closer 2,000 euros (about $2,600) in 2012 for printing the images of Middleton.

Closer was also banned from distributing the pictures in print or online, and it was ordered to turn over the original copies to the royal family with 24 hours of the court’s ruling.

Tuesday’s ruling comes one day after Middleton and William announced she is pregnant with the couple’s third child.

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