Kate Middleton and Prince William Score $200K in topless photo lawsuit

The good news keeps on coming for Kate Middleton and Prince William.

First, the news that a third baby is on the way, and second, a French court on Tuesday fined photographers and gossip magazine executives over topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge.

The court in a Paris suburb ruled Tuesday that three photographers and three newspaper executives invaded the privacy of Kate Middleton by taking and publishing the photos.

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The pictures of Kate were taken with telephoto lenses while she and her husband apparently were sunbathing on a patio at a private estate in France’s southern Provence region.

Two executives of French gossip magazine Closer were each given the maximum $53,500 fine for such an offense.

In addition, the two executives, along with two photographers working with a celebrity photo agency, were collectively ordered to pay $59,500 in damages to Kate and the same amount to William.

The amount is far below the about $1.8 million in damages sought by the royal couple. Their lawyer Jean Veil said it will be up to Kate and William to interpret the outcome.

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As for the forthcoming baby, Prince William opened up about becoming a father again while attending a mental health conference in Oxford on Tuesday, calling Saturday’s pregnancy announcement “very good news.”

“There’s not much sleep going on at the moment,” he added.

William then alluded to Kate’s battle with hyperemesis gravidarum, a pregnancy complication characterized by acute morning sickness.

“We need Catherine to get over this first bit and then we can start celebrating. It’s always a bit anxious to start with, but she’s well,” Prince William said.


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