The Palace is not wasting any time in pursuing legal action against Closer, the French tabloid that last week published topless photos of Kate Middleton sunbathing with Prince William at a chateau in the South of France.
WWD reports that they have enlisted the services of criminal lawyer Aurélien Hamelle of the firm Metzner Associés, whose last high profile gig was defending John Galliano after the designer was arrested for drunkenly yelling racist and anti-Semitic remarks . A criminal complaint against Closer was filed this morning, while “a civil case seeking damages and an injunction preventing further publication” won’t be far behind (of course, we don’t expect the snaps to disappear from the Internet anytime soon).
So while the court didn’t exactly find Hamelle convincing enough to rule in Galliano’s favor — he was found guilty and fined €17,500 — clearly the lawyer put up a solid enough fight for the Palace to choose him for what is bound to be a very public battle. No word yet on whether charges will also be brought against the Irish Daily Star and Chi, the other publications that ran the photos after Closer, but Hamelle will appear on the royal couple’s behalf at a hearing tonight, so expect updates on the case as the week continues