PHOTOSHOOT images of Meghan Markle stripping down could be used in a French court case appealing the compensation paid to Kate Middleton over topless photos that were taken without her permission.
French lawyers for Closer magazine claim the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were overly compensated in a payout they received when Kate Middleton sued the publication for printing topless images of her in September 2012.
Hundreds of photos were shot with a long-lens — reportedly located a kilometre away — and showed Middleton sunbathing on the terrace of a private residence while vacationing with her husband Prince William in the south of France.
The chateau was owned by the Queen’s nephew Viscount Linley, the son of the late Princess Margaret.
At the time, Closer editor Laurence Pieau defended the decision to publish the photos, saying: “I can imagine that these photographs displease them, but once again these photographs are not degrading, they are joyous — they are in love, she is very pretty.”
Paul-Albert Iweins, a lawyer for Closer, now claims the initial payout the magazine made to the royal family was “exaggerated.” The magazine is now challenging the amount awarded to Kate, saying the payout should be revised especially considering the fact Kate’s sister-in-law Meghan Markle isn’t a stranger to racy pictures herself.
Lawyers for the publication will likely reference photos and a video of the 36-year-old Duchess of Sussex posing provocatively, stripping her clothes off and grilling meat during a Men’s Health photoshoot in an attempt to prove that women in the royal family have routinely used racy photos to promote themselves.
Council for Closer will appear in the Versailles Appeal Court, west of Paris, this week.
This story originally appeared in Fox News and has been republished here with permission.
Originally published as Racy Meghan pics may be used in topless Kate case