Kate Middleton trial delayed

Sarah Carty

The trial of six people over the publication of topless photos of Kate Middleton has been delayed.

The photographers, editors and bosses were meant to appear before a trial in France for invasion of privacy, however it’s now been put on hold until May.

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Photos of a topless Kate Middleton sunbathing with Prince William while on holiday in France in 2012 were reportedly taken with a long lense camera and appeared in French gossip magazine Closer and local newspaper La Provence.

Kate Middleton, seen here on the royal tour, had topless pictures of her taken while she holidayed in France in 2012. Photo: Getty Images.

The royal family were furious over the publication of the snaps and in order to stop other outlets using the images Kate and William decided to press criminal charges against the organisation.

And while several media groups turned down the chance to buy the images, they popped up in newspapers and magazines in Ireland, Italy, Denmark and Sweden.

However the editor of Closer, the head of Mondadori who own the magazine, two agency photographers, a member of senior staff and a photographer from La Provence will now go on trial to answer questions about the snaps.

Kate and William (pictured above on the Jubilee Tour in 2012) were in a secluded villa when the pictures were taken. Photo: Getty.

At the time French authorities ordered Closer magazine to halt any further publication of the images and hand them over.

According to Kate Middleton and Prince William’s lawyer, the photos were traumatizing as they reminded the couple of Princess Diana being hounded by the media before she died.

"The incident is reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, and all the more upsetting to the Duke and Duchess for being so,” a royal spokesperson said in a statement.

Prince William (pictured with his wife Kate Middleton in 2012) said the photos bought back bad memories for him. Photo: Getty Images.

“Their Royal Highnesses had every expectation of privacy in the remote house.

"It is unthinkable that anyone should take such photographs, let alone publish them.

“Officials acting on behalf of their Royal Highnesses are consulting with lawyers to consider what options may be available to the Duke and Duchess."

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