A court in Nanterre, West Paris has delayed giving its verdict on the case regarding the publication of the Duchess of Cambridge's topless photos. The verdict was meant to be delivered at the Tribunal de Grande Instance de Nanterre on Tuesday, but a judge has ruled to postpone it until September 5, according to French news agency AFP.
The verdict of Kate Middleton's topless photo case has been postponed in Paris Photo: Getty Images
The trial of six people, including three photographers linked to Closer magazine and regional newspaper La Provence, was heard at the court this past May. The trial remains focused on photographs of Kate Middleton that were published in both French outlets back in 2012. They showed the 35-year-old royal sunbathing topless while on a private holiday in the south of France with her husband Prince William. At the time, the royals were staying in a private chateau owned by Viscount Linley, Queen Elizabeth's nephew.
During the trial in May, William and Kate’s lawyer Jean Viel read a statement from the Prince himself. "In September 2012, my wife and I thought that we could go to France for a few days in a secluded villa owned by a member of my family, and thus enjoy our privacy," said William. “We know France and the French and we know that they are, in principle, respectful of private life, including that of their guests. The clandestine way in which these photographs were taken was particularly shocking to us as it breached our privacy.” The Prince called for €1.5m compensation for the photographs which were taken using a long-lens camera and without the royals' consent.
Prince William and Kate Middleton were in Malaysia when the images were published Photo: Getty Images
The images were published in September 2012 when William and Kate were on an official visit to Malaysia. Aides travelling with the Duke and Duchess were informed at 5 a.m. local time about the release of the photographs. They broke the news to the royals before their visit to a mosque in Kuala Lumpur. While the couple put on a brave face at the engagement, Kate was said to be "saddened" after learning of the French magazine's plans.
Kensington Palace also released an official statement at time, using history as their aid. It read: "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."