Pictures Of Meghan Markle To Be Used In Court Case

Katie O'Malley
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From ELLE

You know the saying ‘the past comes back to haunt you’? Well, we have a feeling Meghan Markle might be wincing this week as a result of some unearthed photographs which could affect her new sister-in-law's court case.

The Telegraph reports photos and video footage of Meghan Markle will be used by French Lawyers today to support their claim that £92,000 in damages awarded to Kate Middleton for topless photos should be drastically reduced.


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Lawyers for France’s Closer magazine are appealing against the compensation granted by a French court last year. They published photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge sunbathing during a private holiday at a Provence chateau with Prince William in 2012.

However, the magazine's legal representatives claim the sum should be revised in line with routine privacy cases, where pay-outs are usually extremely low. Small payments of less than £100 are often awarded for breaches of privacy in France, reports the Telegraph.

Following the incident, Kate and William said they had been unaware of the paparazzi, who used long lenses to take the photographs of the Duchess topless and her husband rubbing sun cream into her skin.

At the Versailles Appeals Court, Closer’s lawyers will reportedly argue that it is ‘hypocritical’ to award such a heavy compensation to the Duke and Duchess when other members of the Royal family - in this case Meghan Markle - ‘are happy with sexy photos’, according to sources close to the case.

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Paul-Albert Iweins, a lawyer working for Closer on the case, argued that the court’s decision last year was ‘consistent with case law’ but that the damages awarded were ‘exaggerated for a simple matter of privacy’.

Last year, six defendants appeared in the dock at a Nanterre court, in the Paris suburbs, following five years of legal proceedings.

Laurence Pieau, Closer’s editor, and Ernest Mauria, the director of the Mondadori group that publishes the magazine, were each fined £42,000. Two photographers, who deny taking the pictures, were also fined £8,500 each.

The royal couple had originally asked for £1.4 million in compensation, but following the payout, a Kensington Palace spokeperson said they considered the case closed.

The legal team representing the magazine are expected to produce in court footage of the Duchess of Sussex removing items of clothing before seductively posing in shorts in a video called 'Grilling Never Looked So Hot', published by Men’s Health magazine in 2013. They will them presumably argue that female members of the Royal family have willingly posed for revealing images.

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The lawyers may also be produce other photographs of the then actress show topless on a beach.

While Kensington Palace sources reportedly insist the beach photos were tampered with and may have been taken without her knowledge, the Metro reports the images are widely available online, along with numerous other 'provocative' images.

We'll update this piece when new information comes in later today.

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