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Kate Middleton topless photos: 'Closer' UK publisher appalled by pics

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Bauer Media, the publishers of Closer UK, has issued a second statement on the publication of topless pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge by French Closer.

The publisher had previously underlined its separateness from its French namesake, noting that Closer France is published under licence by Italian business Mondadori, which is owned by Fininvest.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge depart from Kuala Lumpur Airport to travel to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, as part of a nine-day tour of the Far East and South Pacific, in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
Picture date: Friday September 14, 2012. See PA story ROYAL Jubilee. Photo credit should read: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

© Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire



"As the owners of the Closer brand and publishers of Closer magazine we have complained in the strongest terms to the licensee of Closer France, over the publication by them of photographs of their Royal Highnesses, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge," read the statement from chief executive of Bauer Media Paul Keenan.

"We deplore the publication of these intrusive and offensive pictures and have asked that Closer France takes these pictures down immediately from its website and desist from publishing any further pictures."

The Duchess of Cambridge attends a British High Commission reception at Eden Hall in Singapore, as part of a nine-day tour of the Far East and South Pacific, with the Duke of Cambridge, in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
Picture date: Wednesday September 12, 2012. See PA story ROYAL Jubilee. Photo credit should read: Ian Vogler/Daily Mirror/PA Wire

© Ian Vogler/Daily Mirror/PA Wire



It continued: "Bauer Media and Closer UK regards publication of these photographs as a gross intrusion of their Royal Highness's privacy.

"We were not aware in advance of the purchase of these photographs or of any intention to publish. We have absolutely no control over the editorial decisions of Closer France.

"In the light of their publication, we are now urgently discussing this matter with our licensee and reviewing the terms of our licence agreement with Closer France.

"Like our readers we are appalled and regret the pain the publication of these photographs has caused."

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