The Duchess of Cambridge has been awarded a payout of around €100,000 (£92,000, or $118,000) from a French magazine, which published topless photographs of her.
The royal family sued Closer magazine after its French edition ran a series of photographs showing Kate and Prince William on holiday in Provence, southern France, in 2012.
Published under the headline “Oh My God! The photos that will go round the world,” the magazine included several long-lens paparazzi shots showing the Duchess without her bikini top on at a chateau in Provence, southern France.
The royals took a total of six photographers and magazine executives to court, demanding a payment of €1,500,000 for the invasion of their privacy.
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On Tuesday, a court in the town on Nanterre ruled that the six defendants must collectively pay €100,000 – €50,000 to William and €50,000 to Kate.
A further fine of €45,000 each was levied on the editor and editorial director of Closer, according to French outlet 20 Minutes. This money will not go to the royals.
The payout was far less than the royals had hoped for. Their lawyer declined to comment to the Associated Press, but said that it was up to his clients to interpret the decision.
Closer was the first outlet of several to publish the photographs. Similar images appeared later in Italian, Swedish and Danish publications.
British media outlets were offered the photographs as well, but refused to print them. The Irish Daily Star ran the images, but its editor resigned shortly afterward.
A statement at the time from a spokesman for William and Kate said the publication of the images was “grotesque and totally unjustifiable.”
It added that: “The incident is reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, and all the more upsetting to the Duke and Duchess for being so.”
The ruling in France came the day after Kate announced that she is pregnant with her third child.