A French magazine has revealed it is to publish pictures of Kate Middleton, prompting outrage at Buckingham Palace.
The images are being treated as a breach of privacy by the royal family, whose UK-based lawyers are currently talking to their French lawyers and exploring ways to prevent publication.
The Duchess and her husband Prince William discovered over breakfast that the French version of Closer is planning to run the pictures, which were taken during the royal couple’s holiday in France last week. The Prince is said to be “furious”, according to the BBC, and the royal couple believe a “red line” has been crossed.
William’s mother, Princess Diana, was killed in August 1997 when her car crashed in Paris as it was being pursued by paparazzi photographers, and the fact that Palace sources alluded to the Princess’s death showed the depth of their anger at the controversy, which threatens to overshadow the couple’s foreign tour.
Now the UK Royals consider to take legal action against the magazine which is blasted for a “grotesque” invasion of privacy. Officials are consulting with lawyers on what opportunities could be available to the pair.
Meanwhile William and Kate are on their Asia tour on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II.
The couple are in Malaysia as they carry out a 9-day Southeast Asian tour of Commonwealth nations, which kicked off in Singapore.
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