Royals Win Court Case Over Topless Photos, May Press Criminal Charges

French court rules in favor of Kate Middleton and Prince William, who are demanding that they receive the original topless photos of the Duchess within 24 hours

This is one small step for Kate Middleton and Prince William, one giant step for the Royal Family.

The French court has issued its ruling following the lawsuit the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge filed after more nude photos of Middleton were published, and the court sided in favor of the British royal family. The BBC reports that the court has banned French magazine Closer from re-publishing or distributing photos of the princess sunbathing topless in France, and must give the royal family the original photographs within 24 hours. If they don't, Closer is facing daily fines of €10,000 (around $13,000).

According to BBC, "royal officials said the couple welcomed the decision."

Unfortunately, this decision only applies inside France, and only applies to the photographs that have already been published. The editor of Closer has hinted she has pictures that are even more intimate, while publications outside of France have already started picking up the pictures. No British outlets have run the images, but the Irish Daily Star and Italian magazine Chi have distributed them. The editor of Chi has defended the magazine's actions, but the editor of the Irish Daily Star, Michael O'Kane, has been suspended by the outlet's publishers.

Now the Royal Family is considering filing a criminal suit against Closer as well. They would seek damages from the magazine, a spokesperson for Clarence House confirmed to People on Monday.

This is a big win for the Royal Family, who is trying to make it clear that this sort of tabloid behavior is not acceptable. Princess Diana's name has continued to be tossed around since word of this scandal broke, as it was the relentless assault of the paparazzi during her time in the spotlight that led to her eventual death. Hopefully legal action will scare tabloid magazines off from this type of behavior in the future, and this ruling is a great first step.

Meanwhile, Will and Kate continue to keep their chins held high during their nine-day Diamond Jubilee tour. They are currently on the island of Tuvalu.

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