The front cover screams! 'Oh my god!' claiming, 'Les photos qui vont faire le tour de la monde!' And the gossip magazine has been proved right: images of Kate Middleton sunbathing topless on the terrace of Chateau d'Aulet have spread like wildfire across the internet.
But the Royals may yet get the last laugh. Prince William is bringing charges against the magazine for invading the Duchess' privacy. If his complaint is successful, Closer could face a fine of £36,000 and editor Laurence Pieau could serve up to a year in prison.
But Wills and Kate face another trial of fire this week as another magazine prepares to publish private photos of the pair. Chi magazine is gearing up to print a 26-page special featuring up to 50 new images of Middleton. Editor Alphonso Signorini claims that the pictures 'are not offensive or in poor taste,' but the ongoing scrutiny is going to prove discomfiting for the Royal pair.
And who is ultimately to blame for the whole furore? None other than former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi, who owns both Closer and Chi. The same Berlusconi who has repeatedly taken legal action against paparazzi attempting to publish photos of his extra-curricular antics. The irony is not lost on MT...