A French magazine on Friday published what appeared to be topless photos of British Prince William’s wife Catherine sunbathing at a private house in southern France, prompting a strong condemnation from the royal family.
Laurence Pieau, Editor-in-Chif of French Closer says, “For me those pictures are not shocking — just beautiful couple, and in-love couple in the South of France … ” Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton) is 30-years-old. Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge married on April 29, 2011.
Laurence Pieau, the editor of French celebrity gossip magazine Closer defends the decision to publish topless pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge.
Here’s the interview in French …
The Telegraph interview in French: The editor of French celebrity gossip magazine Closer says she did not run the most explicit pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge, choosing instead to run a series of topless images which she says are inoffensive.
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Statement from Paul Keenan, Chief Executive of Bauer Media, in connection with the publication by Closer France of pictures of Prince William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge.
As the owners of the Closer brand and publishers of Closer magazine we have complained in the strongest terms to the licensee of Closer France, over the publication by them of photographs of their Royal Highnesses, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge.
We deplore the publication of these intrusive and offensive pictures and have asked that Closer France takes these pictures down immediately from its website and desist from publishing any further pictures.
Bauer Media and Closer UK regards publication of these photographs as a gross intrusion of their Royal Highnesses’ privacy.
We were not aware in advance of the purchase of these photographs or of any intention to publish. We have absolutely no control over the editorial decisions of Closer France.
In the light of their publication, we are now urgently discussing this matter with our licensee and reviewing the terms of our licence agreement with Closer France.
Like our readers we are appalled and regret the pain the publication of these photographs has caused.
Closer is a British women’s entertainment magazine published by Bauer Media Group, specializing in celebrity news and gossip, real life stories, fashion and television/entertainment.CLEAR SKIES?  Weather Data for Sunday, September 16th, 2012
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