Royals to file criminal complaint over Kate pics

The palace has already launched a civil lawsuit against Closer magazine, which published paparazzi snaps of Kate.

Last Updated: Sep 17, 2012, 10:14 AM IST

London: Lawyers for Britain`s royal family will make a criminal complaint against the photographer who took pictures of Prince William`s wife Kate sunbathing topless in the south of France, William`s office said on Sunday.

The palace has already launched a civil lawsuit against France`s Closer magazine, which published the paparazzi snaps of Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, relaxing during a holiday at a private villa in Provence.

The couple is hitting back hard against publication of the pictures, which William`s office called a "grotesque" abuse of the young royals` privacy.

A spokeswoman for William`s St. James`s Palace office said the couple`s lawyers would file a complaint with French prosecutors on Monday against the unidentified photographer or photographers involved.

PTI