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Two charged over topless pictures of Kate Middleton - report

It is understood the Royal Family lodged a criminal complaint in France over the taking and publication of the photographs in September 2012.

Image: Paul Ellis/PA Wire/Press Association Images

TWO PEOPLE HAVE been charged over the publication of topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge last September, AFP is reporting today, citing sources.

The head of the publisher of France’s Closer magazine and a photographer are the two people charged, according to the news agency.

The photos, which caused international scandal, were printed in the French publication and sparked a criminal probe into how they were obtained.

It is understood the Royal Family lodged a criminal complaint in France over the taking and publication of the photographs in September 2012. It claimed the images were a breach of privacy. They were taken while Kate Middleton was on holidays with her husband, Prince William, in a private villa in the south of France.

The Irish Daily Star was criticised for republishing the controversial pictures, with St James’s Palace claiming the motivation behind the action was “greed”.

-Additional reporting by AFP

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