- Tuesday, 18 September 2012
- By Elombah.com
A French court has ordered the the country's Closer magazine to hand over all copies of topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge and blocked further publication of the images. The ruling prevents Closer, which published the pictures on Friday, from reusing them in print or on its website, as well as from selling them to markets where
they have not been published.
The magazine published 14 photos of a partially clad Kate in its pages on Friday.
The pictures have also been published in Ireland and Italy but today's ruling only affects the French publisher.
The French court also ordered Closer to hand over all files of the pictures in its possession to representatives of the royal couple within 24 hours and said it would be fined 10,000 euros ($13,000) for every day's delay.
The pictures are already widely available on the Internet and have been printed in Ireland's Daily Star newspaper and Italy's Chi magazine.
The royal couple have initiated criminal proceedings over the topless pictures with the aim of securing the prosecution of Closer's editor and the photographer or photographers who took the pictures.