Prince William and Kate Middleton were so upset during one of their royal tours for a reason.
On Monday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge kicked off their Pakistan tour. However, one of their royal tours didn’t turn out well due to a scandal.
In 2012, when Prince William and Middleton were in Malaysia, the duchess’ photos sunbathing in the terrace of a guest house leaked. The snaps were taken while the couple was vacationing in Provence, France. The couple was reportedly staying at a chateau owned by Lord Linley, Queen Elizabeth II’s nephew, according to Express.
Royal officials who toured with Prince William and Middleton claimed that the future king and queen were furious and hurt when the photos were published. Prince William and Middleton were reportedly not aware of the pictures until they were published. The front cover featured a heavily-pixelated image of a woman claimed to be Middleton in a bikini who is about to remove her top.
A couple of days later, the French magazine emerged in the streets of paris with topless pictures of Middleton. The snaps were reportedly offered to the British papers, but they all turned it down.
In 2017, a court in Nanterre, France ordered the French magazine to pay the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge $120,000 in punitive damages. The court ruled out that the photos used in the magazine had breached the couple’s privacy.
All of the six defendants in the trial were convicted of charges. Judge Florence Lasserre-Jeannnin ordered the regional newspaper La Provence that printed additional images of Middleton in swimwear to pay in damages.
“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased that the court has found in their favour and the matter is now closed,” a Kensington Palace spokesperson said in a statement at the time. “This incident was a serious breach of privacy, and Their Royal Highnesses felt it essential to pursue all legal remedies. They wished to make the point strongly that this kind of unjustified intrusion should not happen.”