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Topless Kate shots published in Italy despite legal threats

Published time: September 17, 2012 14:04
Edited time: September 17, 2012 18:04
Britain's Prince William (L) and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, wave to the local Solomon Islanders as they leave the airport aboard a truck decorated as canoe in Honiara.(AFP Photo / William West)

Britain's Prince William (L) and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, wave to the local Solomon Islanders as they leave the airport aboard a truck decorated as canoe in Honiara.(AFP Photo / William West)

More topless pictures of Kate Middleton have been published in Silvio Berlusconi’s Chi tabloid magazine, despite legal action from the Royal family and the court case in France against Closer magazine which was the first to publish the photos.

­The magazine fulfilled its promise to publish an extensive photo report featuring 18 photographs of the Royal couple taken with a telephoto lens while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were on vacation in the south of France.

Chi’s, Alfonso Signorini seems unconcerned with the Royal family’s threats and wrote on his Tweeter page that "not even a direct call from the Queen" would stop him from publishing the photographs. "If I had had more scandalous photos I would have willingly published them," Signorini told Italy's Corriere della Sera.

The French Closer magazine also owned by Berlusconi's publishing house Mondadori printed 14 pictures of the same series, causing outrage in the Royal Family. According to The Sun newspaper, the paparazzi series contains around 200 photos all in all.

The couple’s lawyers have started legal action against the French Closer magazine, and intend to prevent further publication of the photos in other media. They are now seeking an injunction and damages from the publisher.

The images were also published by Irish tabloid the Daily Star.

“It is the first airing and we will be seeking an injunction from them using the pictures, and it will lead to a longer court case where damages will be sought,”
a spokesman for St James’s Palace said.

The Royal couple’s lawyers are also prepared to file a criminal complaint against the unknown photographer or photographers over breach of privacy.

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