(PARIS) — A freelance photographer claims that he knows the identity of the person who snapped the topless photos of Kate Middleton sunbathing at a secluded, private French chateau while on vacation with her husband, Prince William.
French celebrity photographer Pascal Rostain told France’s Metro Newspaper that the photographer was an Englishman living in the south of France working for Closer, the gossip magazine that first published the topless photos last Friday. But he refused to give up the paparazzo’s name. Four additional publications, in Ireland, Denmark, Sweden and Italy, have since published the infamous photos.
Whoever the photographer is, he or she could face a $60,000 fine and one year in prison under French law.
The magazine was also ordered to not publish the photos further, and warned that it could face a $12,000 fine each time it defies the ruling. It is not known if the tabloid has complied.
The court’s decision only affects Closer in France and not the other publications that have published the topless photos. Despite the injunction, there is nothing the royal family can do about the photos appearing online or outside of France.
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