More royal nudity: Britain’s Kate upset about topless photos

Updated 10:12 PM EDT, Fri September 14, 2012

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Lawyer says Closer magazine may face heavy sanctions over the photographs

William and Catherine are "hugely saddened" by the invasion of privacy, palace says

The topless photographs are grainy and appear to have been taken with a long lens

Closer magazine editor defends decision to publish: "We were just doing our job"

(CNN) —  

Just weeks after the scandal about pictures of Britain’s Prince Harry naked in Las Vegas, a magazine has sparked fresh controversy by publishing pictures of Prince William’s wife, Catherine, topless while vacationing.

The duchess of Cambridge is “upset” with the magazine – a French publication called Closer, a royal source told CNN. Palace officials, threatening legal action, have blasted what they call a “grotesque” invasion of privacy.

The grainy pictures appear to have been taken with a long camera lens while the couple was staying at a private chateau in Provence, in southern France.

They were “hugely saddened to learn that a French publication and a photographer have invaded their privacy in such a grotesque and totally unjustifiable manner,” a St. James’s Palace spokesman said.

These new privacy controversies have dredged up the royal family’s often rocky relationship with the press and put a spotlight on how the palace deals with the media after the tragic death of William’s mother, Diana, as she fled photographers in Paris 15 years ago.

“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 palace spokesman said.