(LONDON GUARDIAN) The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have said they are “hugely saddened” by what they said was a “grotesque” invasion of their privacy after topless photographs of Kate were published by a French celebrity magazine.

In a statement issued on Friday morning, St James’s Palace said the move by Closer magazine was “reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press during the life of [Princess] Diana” and lawyers were being consulted.

The incident may yet have wider political implications, as Closer magazine in France is owned by Mondadori, a publishing company owned by the former Italian president Silvio Berlusconi

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