William and Kate awarded damages over topless photos

The pictures were published in the French media in 2012

Gemma Strong

Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge have been awarded 103,000 euros in damages after topless photos of Kate were published in the French media. France's Closer magazine was ordered to pay the couple £100,000 (£91,700) at a court in Paris over long-lens images of Kate sunbathing on a terrace. Presiding judge Florence Lasserre-Jeannin also instructed regional newspaper La Provence, which printed images of the Duchess in her swimwear, to pay 3,000 euros in damages during the hearing at the Tribunal de Grande Instance de Nanterre.

William and Kate have been awarded damages following the publication of topless photos

A Kensington Palace spokeswoman said: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased that the court has found in their favour and the matter is now closed. This incident was a serious breach of privacy, and Their Royal Highnesses felt it essential to pursue all legal remedies. They wished to make the point strongly that this kind of unjustified intrusion should not happen."

The photos were published in September 2012. At the time, the royals were staying in a private chateau owned by Viscount Linley, the Queen's nephew. The judgement follows the trial of six people - including three photographers - linked to the two publications, which began in May. The judge convicted all six of charges relating to the taking and publication of the images.

During the trial in May, €1.5m compensation for the photographs which were taken using a long-lens camera and without the royals' consent.

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