Will, Kate made the call to take topless photo gripe to court
By Bill Zwecker September 16, 2012 10:27PM
Britain's Prince William, left, and wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, right, pose for a photo in Honiara, Solomon Islands, Sunday Sept. 16, 2012. The royal couple is on a nine-day tour of the Far East and South Pacific in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee. (AP Photo/William West, Pool)
Updated: October 18, 2012 6:18AM
There apparently was quite a debate within the palace inner circle about whether to file suit in France over the publication of those topless photos of Prince William’s wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
Royal sources tell me it was William and Kate themselves who demanded the lawsuit be filed, supported by a number of advisers who won over other aides who had counseled the royal couple to simply ignore the privacy breach.
“The duke and duchess were outraged and felt a stand had to be made,” one source said, quoting an angry William as declaring, “This is where we must draw a line in the sand.” The prince was calling from Southeast Asia, where the couple have been on an official tour — part of the yearlong celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee.
† While the couple’s wishes were followed and the royal attorneys filed suit against Closer, the French magazine that published the photos — and will make a criminal complaint Monday in France against the photographer — I’ve also been told Duchess Catherine has been gently reminded that whenever she’s outside, even in the garden or pool area of a private estate, she should assume the paparazzi’s lens is focused on her. “Sadly, it’s just a fact of life she will have to always face,” added the source.
† Also expected is the publication of those photos in an Italian magazine owned by controversial ex-Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. While Berlusconi himself often complained about paparazzi intrusion to his very public extra-marital flings, it’s said he’s happy to zap Catherine. Seems Berlusconi feels he was often snubbed by various members of the British royal family.
† As if the sleaze factor about the topless Kate photos weren’t creepy enough, TMZ is reporting the YouPorn.com site is offering an “open checkbook” to the Closer editor for other images of William and Kate reportedly revealing the couple engaged in “intimate” activity.
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