The Royal Couple Seeks $1.6 Million Over Topless Vacation Pics

William and Kate are fighting intimate photos.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

The Royal family has had a long history dealing with prying paparazzi. Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, are asking for $1.6 million in damages after two French publications shared intimate photos of Middleton while on vacation.

According to Page Six, the images come from a 2012 vacation in the South of France. The photos in La Provence show the Dutchess rubbing sunscreen on her husband at a private estate while Closer magazine showcased her topless. Three executives from the outlets and three photographers went on trial in France on Tuesday.

Attorneys for Prince William shared a statement to the court, tying the incident to the death of his mother, Princess Diana. They said that the images are “all the more painful” because of the “harassment” suffered by Diana. In 1997, Diana and her lover were killed while being chased by paparazzi.

Paul-Albert Iweins, the lawyer for Closer magazine owner Ernesto Mauri, said in court that he didn't understand why the couple was upset. “The article made everybody happy, from the readers to the royal family, whatever they might say, since the couple was presented under a very favorable light."

[Photo: Getty Images]

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