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Court orders French magazine to turn over Kate Middleton photos (+video)

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as William and his wife are known, have also filed a criminal complaint under France’s privacy laws, which could see Closer fined tens of thousands of dollars and its editor serve up to a year in prison. They also lodged a complaint against “persons unknown,” referring to the photographer, who has not yet been identified.

Hammelle told the civil hearing at the Tribunal de Grand Instance in Nanterre, a Paris suburb, that the photos revealed “particularly simple and deeply intimate moments … that have no reason to be on a magazine cover.”

“In the name of what did Closer publish these ‘shock’ photos? Certainly not in the name of information,” Hammelle said. “The Duchess of Cambridge is a young woman, not an object … and I ask you to put yourself in the place of her husband, Prince William … and the place of her parents.”

The injunction granted Tuesday does not apply to publications outside France that have opted to run the photos, including Closer’s sister magazine in Italy. An Irish newspaper has also published revealing pictures of Middleton, which led senior executives at the paper to suspend its editor and prompted Ireland’s justice minister to call for the introduction of privacy laws.

No British news organization has picked up the photos, which surfaced a few weeks after the Sun sparked thousands of complaints by publishing photos of William’s younger brother, Prince Harry, having a naked romp in a hotel room in Las Vegas.

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