NANTERRE, France – A French court ordered a magazine publisher to hand over all digital copies of topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge within 24 hours and blocked further publication of what it called a brutal display of William and Kates private moments.
Under the ruling Tuesday, the publisher of the French gossip magazine Closer faces a daily fine of $13,100 if it fails to hand over the photos featured in Fridays world exclusive issue of Prince Williams wife, Catherine.
The photos were taken without authorization during the royals vacation at a private residence in southern France.
The court also handed out an injunction to stop Closer France from republishing the offending pictures – including on its website and its tablet app – as well as re-selling them.
Although the decision was seen as a victory for the royals, it affects only the 14 partially clad snapshots of Kate that were in Fridays edition. Its unclear whether Closer France possesses more pictures – but if they did they could technically go on and publish them, as the ruling has no power over that.