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French Tabloid Removes Topless Kate Middleton Photos from its Site

Celebrity News Sep. 14, 2012 AT 5:20PM
Kate Middleton on June 9, 2012 in Grantham, England. Kate Middleton on June 9, 2012 in Grantham, England. Credit: Indigo/Getty

That's not quite the mea culpa Kate Middleton was looking for.

Still, French tabloid The Closer -- which published photographs of a sunbathing, topless Duchess Kate, taken with a long lens on private property Friday -- has removed the controversial images from its website.

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"Following comments received after the publication of photos of Kate and William in Closer magazine France, we would like to make the following clarifications: This is the French edition of Closer and not the English edition. The photos we chose are by no means degrading. They show a young couple on vacation, beautiful, in love, living a normal life. The article reports that the couple recently vacationed in the south of France," a statement from the mag reads.

Following the release of the images, a source close to the royal couple told Us Weekly Will and Kate, both 30, are "furious," and are taking legal action against the publication.

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"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," a palace rep said Thursday.

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