Court delays ruling on topless Kate photo damages

A decision on whether France’s Closer magazine should pay up to £1.3m in damages for publishing topless photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge has been delayed by a French court.

The courthouse in Nanterre had been expected to decide today if the images breached Kate’s privacy during a short 2012 holiday with Prince William in a chateau in Provence, owned by the Queen’s nephew Viscount Linley.

Duchess of Cambridge topless

Kate topless damages decision delayed (photo: Royal.uk)

But according to justice sources who have spoken to the AFP newswire, the verdict has now been postponed until September – with a precise date being relayed later today.

In a statement read at the start of the criminal case, the Duke of Cambridge told how the intimate topless Kate photos had brought back distressing memories of the “harrassment” suffered by his mother.

Diana, the Princess of Wales, died in August 1997 when her car crashed in a Paris while being followed by press photographers.

In the case before the Nanterre court, the Cambridge’s lawyer, Jean Veil has also called for a “very significant fine” on top of any damages.

Topless Kate

Closer magazine spread the photographs over the front page and many inside pages, together with an article titled “Oh my god!”. The snaps included one of a topless Kate having suncream rubbed into her by William.

French authorities banned any further use of the photographs – but they were still published in several more publications across Europe.

The defendants include Laurence Pieau, the editor of Closer in France, Ernesto Mauri, chief executive of the Mondadori group which owns the magazine, and Cyril Moreau and Dominique Jacovides, two Paris-based agency photographers accused of having taken the topless photographs.