Prince William and Kate Middleton have demanded £1.3 million in damages, after topless photos of Kate were published back in 2012.
A court in Paris heard that the Duke of Cambridge was haunted by memories of his mother Princess Diana’s paparazzi nightmare when the photos of his wife emerged, which were taken without their knowledge as they holidayed at a chateau in Provence, France, owned by Viscount Linley.
The shocking photos were published in the French edition of Closer magazine in 2012, and at the time St James’s Palace said in a statement, “This is reminiscent of the worst excesses of the paparazzi during the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, and the more upsetting to the duke and duchess for being so.”
On the first day of the criminal trial against six defendants accused of breaching William and Kate’s privacy, the Royal’s barrister Jean Veil requested “very large damages” of £1.3million, according to The Mirror.
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French Closer editor Laurence Pieau, publishing director at the time Marc Auburtin, chief executive officer of the Mondadori group Ernesto Mauri, paparazzi Cyril Moreau and Dominique Jacovides (who have been accused of taking the pictures), and photographer Valerie Suau are all on trial.
While William and Kate were not present in court, all of the accused have denied any wrongdoing and have insisted that the pictures were taken from a public place.
The snappers, Cyril Moreau and Dominique Jacovides, have also both denied taking the shots, and the French edition of Closer have refused to reveal who is responsible.
In the mean time, French authorities have banned further publication of the photos pending a probe.
As the trial continues, Kensington Palace has said it would not be commenting.