It appears that filing a lawsuit against the French magazine that published topless photos of Kate Middleton worked. Closer has already removed the controversial snaps from their website!

It has to be noted that Closer magazine defended their decision to publish the pictures stating: "Following comments received after the publication of photos of Kate and William in Closer magazine France, we would like to make the following clarifications: This is the French edition of Closer and not the English edition. The photos we chose are by no means degrading. They show a young couple on vacation, beautiful, in love, living a normal life. The article reports that the couple recently vacationed in the south of France."

Their editor Laurence Pieau seemed to imply they also have sex photos of the royal couple in their possession that they decided not to print.

"I won’t hide the fact that there are more intimate pictures that exist that we haven’t published and will not publish. These are images full of joy, not degrading," she quoted as saying.

However, they made the move following legal pressure from the royals.

Needless to say that St. James Palace announced they have begun "legal proceedings" against the French magazine Closer for publishing photos of Kate topless.

The statement released by the Palace said "legal proceedings for breach of privacy have been commenced today in France" by the royal couple, going on to describe the publication of the pictures as "grotesque and totally unjustifiable."

In the rare case you missed it, Closer published the photos of Kate without her bikini top, which were taken while they were sunbathing around the swimming pool of Ch√Ęteau d'Autet, the private residence of the Queen’s nephew Viscount Linley in Luberon, France.

St. James Palace swiftly condemned the photos and invoked the memory of the late Princess Diana in their statement.

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