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Publication of topless pictures of Kate was shocking says William

Kate Middleton and Prince William
Kate Middleton and Prince William

The U.K’s Prince William has branded the decision to publish topless photographs of his wife "particularly shocking" given his late mother's battles with the paparazzi.

William expressed his sadness at the incident more than four years ago in a written statement read to a court in Nanterre, west Paris, where six people are on trial in connection with the alleged breach of privacy.

The long-lens images of Kate, taken as they holidayed in the south of France, adorned the front and inside pages of France's Closer magazine in September 2012 alongside an article about the loved-up pair entitled "Oh my God!".

William and Kate were on the terrace of a private chateau in Provence owned by Viscount Linley, the Queen's nephew, when they were photographed.