The Kate Middleton photo scandal rages on. When the French magazine Closer chose to publish photos of the Duchess topless, they must have surely realised that it would cause the Royal Family back in Britain to react with fury? The photos are thought to have been taken with a telescopic lens camera, whilst Kate was sunbathing on private property and without her permission or knowledge. The latest development in the saga, which will surely go on for some time, is that the Royal Family intend to sue the French magazine over the publication of the illicit snaps.

"St James's Palace confirms that legal proceedings for breach of privacy have been commenced today in France by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge against the publishers of Closer Magazine France," said a spokesperson for the couple. According to Reuters, a court in Nanterre, near Paris confirmed that the couple's lawyers had filed a motion to expedite the procedure. Closer's publishers will be heard on Monday, the report reveals. This latest scandal is a real blow to Buckingham Palace, who were hastily trying to undo the harm done by the publication of naked pictures of Prince Harry in recent weeks.

Kate Middleton and Prince William are understood to be upset by the scandal, which has occurred as they undertake official business overseas. Just yesterday, Kate made her first foreign speech at a hospice in Malaysia and their work has been over-shadowed by the publication of the topless photos. "Their Royal Highnesses have been hugely saddened to learn that a French publication and a photographer have invaded their privacy in such a grotesque and totally unjustifiable manner" said a spokesperson for St. James' Palace.