The female editor of French Closer magazine has been charged in connection with the personal photos taken of the Duchess of Cambridge last year.
Laurence Pieau, editor of the magazine, was arrested earlier this month, The Telegraph reports, and now faces trial alongside the publishing director Ernesto Mauri and at least two other photographers.
French Closer caused controversy around the world last September when they printed photographs of the Duchess, who was not pregnant at time, sunbathing topless on a private estate. The photos had been captured from a photographer standing half-a-mile from where Prince William and Kate were sitting.
At the time, the royal couple who were on tour in South-East Asia, said they had suffered a “grotesque breach of privacy,” and a lawyer for the couple said they had been “violated” during a moment of private married life. After the magazine went on sale, the couple launched legal proceedings against the photographers.
Laurence Pieau, has denied any wrong doing since the photos were printed and has continuously rejected the idea that the photos were shocking.
“I did my job as a journalist,” the French editor claimed in December.
A photographer, Valerie Suau, has also been arrested after admitting to taking photos of the Duchess on holiday at the French estate last September says all her photos are “decent,” although she is suspected of helping another take the topless photos of Prince William’s wife.
A representative for the magazine denied in court last year that the topless photos of Kate were considered shocking, however the lawyer representing the Cambridge’s argued the Duchess is “a woman, not an object”.
The decision to print the personal photos of William and Kate shocked the world last year and many condemned the magazine for their intrusive pictures.
Sarah, Duchess of York spoke of her support for Kate and revealed she felt what it was like to be followed in such an invasive way.
“I have total empathy and sympathy for her. I have been there and know what it’s like,” Sarah told reporters. “Everyone is entitled to privacy. It is a devastating invasion of one’s personal inner space.”
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