The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton pictured as they left for a waiting Boeing 737-800 jet at Kuala Lumpur's airport today

Not Amused: Legal action Launched By Kate Middleton And Prince William Over Topless Photographs

Literally hours after French magazine Closer published topless pictures of Kate Middleton and husband Prince William taken while on a three day holiday last week, the royal couple launched legal proceedings against the magazine.

Today a press spokeswoman for the British Royals confirmed the impending action with this statement:

“St James’ Palace confirms that legal proceedings for breach of privacy have been commenced today in France by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge against the publishers of Closer Magazine France.”

Perhaps in light of the recent Leveson Inquiry into media ethics and their own agreement with the Palace not to unduly breach the privacy of the royal family, the UK press have refused to publish the photographs. Dominic Mohan, editor of The Sun, a British tabloid newspaper, said:

The Sun has no intention of breaching the royal couple’s privacy. The circumstances are very different to those relating to the photos of Prince Harry in Las Vegas.”

“Prince Harry was at a party with a large group of strangers – one of whom released a photo into the public domain.”

Likewise, UK tabloids, TheDaily Mirror and Sunday Mirror said they were offered pictures of the Duchess a week ago but declined to publish them. Mirror editor, Lloyd Embley said:

“As with the naked pictures of Prince Harry in a private hotel room, we took the decision not to publish them. In both cases we believed there would be a clear breach of the Press Complaints Commission’s Editors’ Code of Practice, regarding intrusion of privacy.”

Today UK newspaper The Daily Telegraph said the couple had reacted with “anger and disbelief” to Closer’s decision to publish the pictures, while The Guardian and The Independent said Kate Middleton was “saddened.” Further reports of the couple’s fury came from the BBC.

BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt said: “Royal officials say they accept the photos are genuine and the couple are furious,” while BBC journalist Nicholas Witchell said:

“[The royals were] incredulous that any magazine would have felt they had a justification in publishing these pictures.”

“I have rarely heard quite such a level of publicly expressed anger that I have heard today reflecting William’s feelings. He is absolutely determined to protect the privacy of his wife; he has always been very protective of her and that anger has mounted during the day.”

The Duchess of Cambridge pictured earlier in Kuala Lumpur today