Officials launch criminal probe over topless royal photos
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Representatives for Prince William and his wife lodged a formal complaint with French prosecutors in the Parisian suburb of Nanterre on Monday (17Sep12), three days after a series of controversial images were featured in the country's Closer magazine.
If authorities conclude a crime has been committed, the editor and the snapper who took the photos could face up to a year in prison and a $57,600 fine.
In a statement on Monday, a spokesman for the couple says, "We can confirm that a criminal complaint has been made to the French Prosecution Department today. The complaint concerns the taking of photographs of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge whilst on holiday and the publication of those photographs in breach of their privacy."
The images were captured from a public road overlooking a luxury villa in Provence, France where the royal couple was staying earlier this month (Sep12) prior to an official visit to Southeast Asia.
Prince William and his wife have already launched a civil lawsuit in a French court for breach of privacy.
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