They are not amused.
The British royals — and their attorneys — are in overdrive after a French magazine reportedly published photos of a topless Kate Middleton. Closer's website showed an image of its new front cover with a heavily-pixellated image of a woman with dark hair that it claimed was the Duchess of Cambridge. The woman was apparently about to remove her bikini top.
The Duchess of Cambridge and husband Prince William are reportedly livid over a "grotesque" invasion of privacy, The Guardian reported. The pictures were taken last week when the duke and duchess were at the French chateau of the Queen's nephew, Lord Linley.
In a statement from St. James Palace, the couple said:
"Their royal highnesses have been hugely saddened to learn that a French publication and a photographer have invaded their privacy in such a grotesque and totally unjustifiable manner."
"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 Duchess was also said to be "saddened" by the pictures.
Prince William and Kate are on a nine-day tour of Asia.
TMZ.com recently published photos of a Prince Harry cavorting in a Las Vegas hotel room buck naked.
Sources: BBC, The Guardian