Criminal Probe Into Topless Kate Photos

    Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, smiles to locals as she departs the Cultural village in Honiara Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and his wife Kate are on their third stop of a nine-day tour of Southeast Asia and the South Pacific on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II to commemorate her Diamond Jubilee. (AP Photo/Daniel Munoz, Pool)

    Daniel Munoz, Pool / AP Photo

    A French court on Tuesday launched a criminal investigation into the magazine Closer, which published topless photographs of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge last week. The court in Nanterre, near Paris, said the magazine has 24 hours to hand over the photos and banned further publication of the photos. The royal couple has filed a lawsuit against the magazine, and the palace called the photos a “grotesque” invasion of privacy. Meanwhile the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge continued their tour of Southern Asia on Monday, where they were greeted by topless tribeswomen in the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. Catherine laughed when the tribeswomen presented her with a nude female sculpture.

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