Sarah Ferguson Wades In To The War Of Words To Support Kate

Lawyers Release The Kraken Over Kate’s Topless Pictures, Sarah Ferguson Wades In

The legal furore over publication of explosive, topless photographs of Kate Middleton continues.

Last night, St James’ Palace confirmed that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would be making a criminal complaint against the photographer(s) responsible for taking intimate candid shots of the Royal couple while on a recent holiday at the Chateau D’Autet in Provence.

It was also revealed that lawyers acting on behalf of the Royal Family have been instructed to be “prepared to go the whole way.” Tomorrow a French court will rule on whether Aurelien Hamelle’s — lawyer for Prince William and his wife Kate — move for an injunction preventing further publication of the topless photos will be upheld or not.

That decision will be announced at noon.

Hamelle is also seeking 5,000 Euros ($6,550) in damages from Closer and further punitive damages of 10,000 Euros ($13,100) a day for each day the injunction (should it be granted) is not adhered to. Hamelle has also requested a fine of 100,000 Euros ($131,000) if the photographs are sold to other outlets in France or abroad.

Delphine Pando, the lawyer for Closer, has asked the court to throw out the case. She argued that rights to the photos do not belong to Closer but to a third party agency. The price for their sale to the magazine was not revealed.

After 14 racy photographs were published in the French edition of Closer magazine on Friday, Irish newspaper the Daily Star published a 26-page spread over the weekend. Italian magazine Chifollowed with more topless shots. The French edition of Closer and Chi are both owned by former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s publishing house Mondadori.

After St James’s Palace declaration on Friday that it was suing Closer magazine, various legal experts expressed doubts that the legal action for breach of privacy would be successful. That, plus the fact that the images of the Duchess are already widely available online, means the Royal couple’s action may amount to little more than a show of intent.

And, apparently, that’s the point. According to one senior royal source, the entire exercise is about “Prince William and Kate trying to draw a line in the sand, not for today, but for tomorrow.”

The strong condemnations of Closer, Chi, and the Daily Star are about the British Royal family and Prince William (in particular) attempting to ensure Kate Middleton’s life does not mirror the late Princess Diana’s hunted existence. Diana died in Paris August 31, 1997 after being chased by paparazzo and is universally seen as low point in the media’s history.

Wills and Kate greeted with garlands from locals on Tavanipupu Island in the South Pacific
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