French magazine, Closer, that published 14 topless photos of Kate Middleton, Catherine The Duchess of Cambridge, last week, has been ordered by a French court to hand over all copies of the photos. The court also banned any future publication of the pictures in France.
The magazine must hand over the originals of the pictures to Prince William and Kate within 24 hours. The company that owns the magazine can be fined 10,000 euros for any and every breach of the order.
This court order is a civil order. The prosecutors are considering if there are already grounds for a criminal prosecution against the magazine or the photographer.
There was outrage from many quarters last week, not least from the Royal couple themselves, when Closer printed topless photos of Kate taken when they were on holiday at the Chateau d'Autet, near Aix-en-Provence. The chateau is owned by the Queen's nephew Lord Linley.
After the French publication other journals in Ireland and Italy have also published the pictures. No magazine in the UK or USA has published the pictures yet although they are widely available on the internet. The French court order only covers France.
Chi, the Italian magazine, yesterday printed over 20 pages of intimate photographs of Kate and Prince William. The pictures included the topless photographs.