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Heir to British throne says publication of 2012 images in French magazine Closer was “all the more painful” because of “the harassment” leading up to Princess Diana’s death

While the royal couple were not present in court Tuesday, the Duke of Cambridge issued a statement read out by their lawyer Jean Veil detailing the damage done and comparing it to the harassment suffered by his late mother, Princess Diana.

Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, leave after attending with other members of the royal family the traditional Christmas Day Church Service at Sandringham in eastern England, on December 25, 2014. AFP PHOTO /PAUL ELLIS (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, leave after attending with other members of the royal family the traditional Christmas Day Church Service at Sandringham in eastern England, on December 25, 2014. AFP PHOTO /PAUL ELLIS (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

“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,” William said in the statement, according to the BBC.

“We know France and the French, and we know that they are, in principle, respectful of private life, including that of their guests,” he continued, however, “the clandestine way in which these photographs were taken was particularly shocking to us as it breached our privacy.”

The prince second in line to the British throne said the images were “all the more painful” given the experience of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, who died in a car crash in Paris in 1997 as she was being pursued by photographers.

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William Upset Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William Upset Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

Both Moreau and Jacovides deny they were responsible for the offending pictures used by Closer. Others accused in the case are: editor Laurence Pieau, Ernesto Mauri, chief executive of the Mondadori group which owns the magazine, La Provence newspaper photographer Valerie Suau, and Marc Auburtin, the paper’s publishing director at the time.

The trial is expected to reach a verdict by July 4, but it is unlikely that William or Kate will appear in court.

Source: thewrap com

Tags: Prince William, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, Lawsuit, Court, Claim, Harassment, Princess Diana

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