Topless pictures of Kate Middleton have been published in the French tabloid, Closer.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were photographed at a private swimming pool during their vacation in Provence last week.
Kate and Prince William were told about the revealing photographs being splashed across the tabloid during breakfast this morning as they prepared for the fourth day of their tour of the Far East.
Closer magazine said the photos, which show the Duchess “fully topless” were taken while the couple were staying at a chateau owned by Lord Linley, the Queen’s nephew.
Royal sources say the couple are “furious” over the “grotesque” intrusion in to their privacy.
The Royals may take legal action over the shocking pictures.
The Sun paper in London confirmed they will not be publishing the photos.
Editor Dominic Mohan stated, “The Sun has no intention of breaching the royal couple’s privacy by publishing these intrusive pictures.
“The circumstances are very different to those relating to the photos of Prince Harry in Las Vegas. As we said at the time, he was at a party in a hotel suite with a large group of strangers and one of those present released a photograph into the public domain.”
The French publication ran four pages of photos of the couple, showing Kate Middleton topless in most of them.
The front cover headline reads, “See incredible pictures of the future Queen of England as you’ve never seen her… and as you will never see her again!”
St James’s Palace said this morning that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge “have been hugely saddened to learn that a French publication and a photographer have invaded their privacy in such a grotesque and totally unjustifiable manner.”
A royal source added: “We will talk to our lawyers in London and counterparts in Paris to see what options are available.”
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