Lawyers for Britain's royal family will go to court in France on Monday in a bid to stop further publication in that country of topless photos of Kate Middleton, the prince's office said.
St. James's Palace said lawyers would seek an injunction in a Paris court against Italian media group Mondadori, which publishes France's Closer and Italy's Chi gossip magazines. The palace also will seek damages from the publisher, which is owned by
former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi.
Last week Closer published paparazzi snaps of Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, sunbathing during a holiday at a relative's chateau in Provence. Chi says it will publish 26 pages of the images, taken with a long lens from hundreds of meters away.
The Irish Daily Star reproduced the Closer photos on Saturday, but no British publication has run them.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge won their legal case blocking further publication of topless photographs of Kate. Judges banned French magazine Closer from selling or republishing the pictures and said its decision to use them had been a brutal
invasion of the couple's privacy.
However more than 500,000 copies of the magazine have already been sold, about 100,000 more then normal. The ruling may do little to halt the worldwide spread of the pictures because the magazine does not own the copyright.
A freelance photographer based in France is understood to have taken the particularly intrusive pictures and sold them to Closer. He or she is thought to have retained the copyright. The French judicial system has so far been unable to discover
the name of the photographer, and no further injunction against future sales can be issued.
eBay has removed copies of French Closer containing naked photos of the Duchess of Cambridge. An eBay spokesman said:
Following strong feedback from the eBay community, we will be removing these items, and are already in the process of doing so,
Kate Middleton's naked bum has hit the internet. Just a week after topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge were published. The Danish version of Se Og Hor Magazine has chosen to publish some new pictures,
showing Kate without a top or bottom. On September 28, Showbiz Spy was just one outlet that chose to post the photos (without censorship) and now there aren't too many people in the world who haven't seen Kate's lady bits.
Meanwhile Prince Harry will not pursue a complaint with the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) over the publication of photographs of him naked in Las Vegas, St James's Palace has said.
The Sun printed the photos, taken in a hotel room, despite warnings from the Royal Family's lawyers that it would be an invasion of his privacy.
The palace have now said:
It would not be prudent to pursue the matter further. Having considered the matter now for a number of weeks, we have decided not to pursue a complaint.
We remain of the opinion that a hotel room is a private space where its occupants would have a reasonable expectation of privacy.
Because the prince was focused entirely on his deployment in Afghanistan, pursuing a complaint relating to his private life would not be appropriate at this time and would prove to be a distraction.
Previously the PCC had said that it would not be appropriate to open an investigation into this matter in the absence of a formal complaint to the commission from Prince Harry .