A French court ordered a magazine publisher to hand over all digital copies of topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge within 24 hours and blocked further publication of what it called a “brutal display” of William and Kate’s private moments. Under the ruling Tuesday, the French gossip magazine Closer faces a daily fine of €10,000 ($13,100) if it fails to hand over the photos taken during the royals’ vacation in southern France and cannot disseminate them any further, including on its website and tablet app.
The magazine published 14 photos of a partially clad Kate in its pages on Friday.
But if the royal family had hoped to block international publication, it was too late. Publications in Ireland and Italy already went ahead with the topless photos. Tuesday’s ruling only affects Mondadori Magazines France, Closer‘s publisher. The publisher also faces a €2,000 ($2,600) fine. READ FULL STORY »