Laurence Pieau, the editor of Closer magazine, and an unnamed photographer have been formally charged for posting pictures of Kate Middleton topless.
AFP reports that Pieau will face trial along with two of her colleagues for violating France’s privacy laws by publishing the photos. A second photographer is reportedly under judicial inquiry and should be charged “very shortly.” This news comes only days after Middleton, known as Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to her first child, George Alexander Louis, on July 22.
The topless photos in question were published in Closer on Sept. 14, 2012, and showed Middleton sunbathing with her husband Prince William on the balcony of a private property in the south of France. A French court already ruled that all copies of the photos be turned over by Closer’s publisher.
The royal family released a statement the day the images were published, saying:
“Their Royal Highnesses 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.
“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.
“Their Royal Highnesses had every expectation of privacy in the remote house. It is unthinkable that anyone should take such photographs, let alone publish them.
Officials acting on behalf of Their Royal Highnesses are consulting with lawyers to consider what options may be available to the Duke and Duchess.”