Topless photos of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, taken with a long lens last week as the couple vacationed at a royal relative's secluded home in Provence, France, are earning the French magazine that published them a royal lawsuit.
St. James's Palace said Friday in a statement that "legal proceedings for breach of privacy have been commenced today in France" by the royal couple.
Kate and Prince William were told about the pictures over breakfast before visiting a mosque in Malaysia, where they're on tour. A source told ABC News that they were initially "saddened" but then became shocked and angry.
"The photos we selected are by no means degrading," the editor of Closer France said in French in a statement, also clarifying that that decision to run the pics had nothing to do with the UK incarnation of Closer magazine. "They show a young couple on vacation."