Injunction granted on Kate photos
PARIS (Reuters) - A French court on Tuesday banned a gossip magazine from further publishing photographs of the wife of Britain’s Prince William, the former Kate Middleton, and ordered it to hand the pictures over to the royal couple.The injunction granted to the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, as the couple is formally known, also prevents France’s Closer magazine from selling the pictures to other media. The court in Nanterre, near Paris, earlier opened a criminal investigation into charges that the photographer who took the shots and Closer breached the privacy of the prince and his wife. Closer will be fined 10,000 euros per day of delay in handing over the images, the court said in the civil ruling. The couple is also seeking damages from the weekly over its publication of the photographs in a five-page spread on Friday.Buckingham Palace has called the photo spread a “grotesque” invasion of the couple’s privacy. The royal family wants to make an example of Closer. The pictures have rekindled memories in Britain of the media pursuit of William’s mother, Princess Diana, who was killed in a car crash in Paris in 1997 while being chased by paparazzi. British newspapers, fighting for their reputation after a string of scandals, have agreed not to publish the images, as has the British edition of Closer, which is managed separately.The Sun tabloid screamed: “Find Le Rat” on its front page on Tuesday and said the photographer would be found and face jail.