Kate Middleton's Topless Photo Scandal

The British royals plan to sue a French magazine after a paparazzi shot was published.
3:00 | 09/14/12

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Today a harsh lesson in the elusive in this of privacy for the future queen of England has. -- paparazzi photos of her sunbathing topless find their way and a front page of a French magazine. Thanks to the wonders of the telephoto lens and if this kind of royal stalking makes you -- -- members of Princess Diana. You're not alone ABC's Bob Woodruff -- hasn't been traveling with the royal couple and has the latest tonight from -- Alam who. The duke and duchess of Cambridge carried on today this fourth day of their Asia Pacific tour. Flashing easy smiles in public but offered no hint of their private anguish. But make no mistake the publication of the topless photos of Katherine has left the future king and queen fuming mad. This is exactly the kind of thing he wanted to stop from happening when people -- into the -- fold. He wanted to make sure -- what happened he's not that didn't happen to his life and he went to great lengths of time attack happened this kind of. The photos are said to have been taken while the royal couple -- staying at this remote estate in the French countryside the paparazzi gave similar treatment to williams' mother Princess Diana. It was in 1997. That Diana left -- Paris hotel and sped away to avoid paparazzi in pursuit. She was killed when the car crashed in a tunnel. In the wake of her death laws were changed and the paparazzi promised the royal family they would change their ways in large measure -- did. But palace officials said today that the publication of the topless photos crossed a red line and set the clock back fifteen years. So now the royals are taking the fight to the courts announcing late today that they would sue the French magazine for breach of privacy. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Andy rash appears in the ABC news will not be showing the photos which according to a royal source the couple learned about as they ate breakfast just a few moments before they paid a visit to a local. -- -- -- -- In a statement saint James palace called the invasion of privacy grotesque and totally unjustifiable. Adding it was reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi. During the life of Diana. Things -- as -- absolutely furious about -- he was -- the driving force behind that statement today. And it's one of the -- strongly led to statements I have -- at the scene from Saddam's palace just don't know many -- that is kind of comments on the back analysts. These dramatic developments come just weeks after williams' brother Harry found himself embroiled in a scandal in. In which nude pictures of imparting -- Vegas hotel room surfaced. Thus far William and its trip had been a rousing success making up for some of that royal embarrassment. At every stop adoring fans clamor squeezed stretch to get close enough for even just to glimpse. Thought it Danish -- -- seen it is it rape more than. -- listen you know receptions -- you read Rite Aid. Catherine's first overseas speech portrayed her growing confidence on the world stage. It'd be merciful -- the patient's. Family. All the time can you have given -- the -- point. To look in on Tuesday night her choice of water over wine for a toast at a state dinner. Set off another furious round of speculation that she might be carrying an air. But despite the broad condemnation one French photographer told the BBC that everyone ought to settle down. And insisted it. This is that you -- you she's nice. Good. So you news. The royal tour will go on of course but the atmosphere has definitely changed and it could get worse. The editor of the French magazine told the British television station that they have more photos even more intimate. They might publish those two. For Nightline this is Bob Woodruff and koala Lumpur for Malaysia.

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