The editor of French Closer magazine, Laurence Pieau, has been formally charged for breach of privacy over publishing the photos of Kate Middleton sunbathing topless.
The magazine editor was charged after a criminal investigation in connection with the topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge, taken last September while she holidayed with husband Prince William in France.
According to AFP, Pieau now faces trial along with a 28-year-old unnamed Paris agency photographer, while another photographer was 'on the verge' of being charged.
Publishing director, Ernesto Mauri, was also charged with 'invasion of privacy' after Kate and Prince William took legal action under France's strict privacy laws through their French lawyer, Aurelien Hamelle.
He described the event as a 'grotesque breach of privacy' and that the newlywed couple were left feeling 'violated.'
The magazine was the first to publish the photographs, with Pieau saying in an interview, 'I did my job as a journalist'. They later also appeared in print in Italy, Ireland, Sweden and Denmark. The British press were offered the photographs, but declined them.
Valerie Suau is thought to be one of the photographers who will also face trial, after she admitted taking shots of the Duchess in a swimsuit as she sunbathed at Viscount Linley's Chateau d'Autet in Provence, on September 5th.
The photographer responsible for the topless photos has yet to be identified.
The shots were taken from a road and nearby path about half-a-mile from the Chateau, which is owned by a nephew of the Queen, where with a long-lens camera, it is possible to see the property's raised swimming pool and sun terrace.
Kate Middleton and Prince William launched legal action after believing a 'red line had been crossed,' reported a royal correspondent for the BBC at the time.
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