A French court ruled on Tuesday that a French celebrity magazine must pay 1,00,000 euros ($1,19,000) in damages to UK’s Prince William and wife Kate over topless photos of the duchess published in 2012.
The court also ordered Closer magazine’s editor Laurence Pieau and publisher Ernesto Mauri to each pay 45,000 euros ($53,000) in fines, the maximum possible. The couple had sought 1.5 million euros in damages and interest.
Closer’s lawyer Paul-Albert Iweins said he was “pleased” with the ruling on the damages to pay, but said the fine was “exaggerated for a simple private matter.”
The grainy snaps of Kate Middleton sunbathing in a bikini bottom were taken while she was on holiday in September 2012 in the south of France with her husband.