Transcript for Kate Middleton Topless Photos: Invasion of Privacy?
We shift gears now to those photos and the firestorm overseas. The royal family suing a magazine in france. Abc's bob woodruff is traveling with the royal couple. Reporter: The royal couple put on brave faces as they left the malaysian capital today to tour the jungles of borneo. But there's no escaping the uproar over the topless photos of the duchess and the couple's decision to sue the french mall sooeb that published them. Abc news will not show the pictures but learned the couple were told about them just before visiting a local mosque. The pictures are said to have been taken at this remote french estate -- where william and kate spent four days on holiday just before the start of this trip to asia. Royal officials called the invasion of privacy "grotesque and totally unjustifiable." Adding it was "reminiscent of the worst excesses of the pres and the paparazzi during the life of diana." You don't normally get those kinds of comments on the record. That strength of feeling behind those words shows just how angry they are. Reporter: It was 15 years ago that princess diana left a hotel in paris and sped away from paparazzi in hot pursuit. She was killed when her car crashed. The paparazzi hasn't changed much but the cameras they can now buy are powerful enough to take images up to 800 yards away. With the lens I have on here, I have the ability to focus a full three still blocks down onto an elevator shaft, filling my entire frame with that. Reporter: In the end, the royal couple felt their privacy was so violated by these photos, they decided to take a stand and sue.
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