Kate Middleton’s topless photos were taken by a British photographer sent by the French magazine Closer, reports now say.
Showbiz Spy reported that the magazine sent the British photographer to camp out near the picturesque vacation home of Kate Middleton and Prince William.
“The irony of this whole thing is that the photographer who took these pictures is an Englishman living in the south of France,” said Pascal Rostain, a French paparazzo.
Rostain said the Kate Middleton topless photos that have shaken the royal family and started a series of lawsuits against publications that dared to show them came for only a small expense. He told Showbiz Spy:
“These photos were taken on the orders of Closer, who asked him to sit around for several days to take them.
“For his efforts he did not earn a lot. He could have sold them for 10,000 euros. But in fact he was just paid his wages for going to take them. He didn’t put them on the open market either, where he could have earned a lot more.
“As a photographer, I take the pictures I want and let the publication decide whether to print them.
“What they choose to print is not the photographer’s problem, but the editor’s.”
The Kate Middleton topless scandal has also taken a new twist, with Closer editor Laurence Pieau using what appeared to be some twisted logic to defend publishing the phots.
“These photos are not in the least shocking. They show a young woman sunbathing topless, like millions of women you see on beaches,” she said. “Intimate pictures exist that we haven’t published and will not publish. Probably other newspapers will choose to publish them.”
The still unnamed British photographer had plenty pictures of Kate Middleton topless. Kim Henningsen, chief editor of Se & Hoer, said the magazine chose the 60 to 70 photos from 240 pictures it was offered, but wouldn’t say how much he paid or the name of the photographer, The Associated Press reported.
The identity of the Kate Middleton photographer has become a hot search in France and the UK, ABC News noted. The person is being referred to as “Le Rat” in tabloids and could face a $60,000 fine and up to a year in prison under French law.