Kate Middleton's legal team have stepped in, while St James's Palace say the incident is reminiscent of Diana's plight with the press
It’s believed the publication of the photos has also forced the ‘furious’ Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to seek legal advice.
In relation to the images of Kate Middleton sunbathing topless in France, St James’s Palace has issued a statement referring to the disturbing similarities between the press’s behaviour towards Diana – and adding the royal couple will be consulting lawyers.
The full statement read:
‘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.
‘The Duke and Duchess remain focused currently on their tour of Singapore, Malaysia, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu on behalf of the Queen.’
Royal aides are said to be ‘furious’ and ‘very very angry’ over the photo scandal.
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