Update on Court result: Invasion of Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge’s privacy and complicity: Duchess of Cambridge topless photos

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Duchess of Cambridge topless photos: Court result postponed until September

A Jugement has been delayed in the trial held over the publication of topless photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge.

A court in Nanterre, west Paris, was due to deliver its verdict on Tuesday but has postponed the hearing to September, a judicial source said.

The Duchess is spending time meeting people who carry out essential behind-the-scenes work at Wimbledon, before watching Andy Murray on Centre Court
The Duchess is spending time meeting people who carry out essential behind-the-scenes work at Wimbledon, before watching Andy Murray on Centre Court

The trial of six people, including three photographers, linked to Closer and regional newspaper La Provence was heard at the court in May.

The long-lens images of the Duchess, taken as she holidayed with the Duke of Cambridge in the south of France, adorned the front and inside pages of France’s Closer in September 2012.

They showed the Duchess sunbathing in Provence on the terrace of a private chateau owned by Viscount Linley, the Queen’s nephew, and ran alongside an article about the loved-up pair entitled “Oh my God!”.

Ernesto Mauri, 70, the chief executive of publishing group Mondadori which produces Closer, faces one charge of using a document obtained by a breach of privacy, as does Marc Auburtin, 57, who was La Provence’s publishing director at the time.

Laurence Pieau, 51, the editor of Closer magazine in France, is charged with complicity.

Agency photographers Cyril Moreau and Dominique Jacovides and Valerie Suau, a photographer for La Provence, all face charges of invasion of privacy and complicity.

Moreau, 32, and Jacovides, 59, deny taking the topless photographs at the centre of the controversy, which are alleged to have been sold on to Closer.

Suau, 53, who is said to have taken photographs of Kate in her swimwear which were printed in La Provence, told the court she did not intend to breach the royals’ privacy at the time.

The Duchess laughs as she chats to ball boys before they take up their positions on court
The Duchess laughs as she chats to ball boys before they take up their positions on court

Paul-Albert Iweins, representing Closer, argued the photos did not constitute a breach of privacy and cast the young couple in a positive light.

A new date for the verdict is expected to be announced today at the Tribunal de Grande Instance de Nanterre.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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