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    Kate Middleton Topless Photo Scandal: Magazine Editor Formally Charged

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    Justice may finally be served.

    A source confirms to E! News that Laurence Pieau, the editor of French magazine Closer, has been formally charged in connection with the topless photographs taken of Kate Middleton in 2012.

    Pieau faces an alleged breach of France's strict privacy laws and now will take part in a trial alongside two other photographers and her publishing director, Ernesto Mauri.

    Mauri and two others, including Valerie Suau, were previously arrested and charged in April with "invasion of privacy."

    The photos show Prince William and his wife sunning themselves on a patio, with the duchess initially wearing a two-piece, black-and-white strapless bikini. 

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    At one point, Kate removes her top and sunbathes in the buff. She also later applies sunscreen to Will while still topless.

    The two were on holiday at Chateau d'Autet in Provence, France in September 2012 while they were photographed.

    The royal couple took action and filed a lawsuit against the magazine immediately after the photos were published.

    The images infuriated the royal family, who've condemned the "grotesque" invasion of privacy.

    "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," St. James Palace originally said in a statement to E! News.

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    Royal Baby, Kate Middleton, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

    "The incident is reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, and all the more upsetting to the Duke and Duchess for being so. Their Royal Highnesses had every expectation of privacy in the remote house. It is unthinkable that anyone should take such photographs, let alone publish them."

    And now it appears that the royal couple (and new parents) will see those who are allegedly responsible for the photographs brought to trial.

    But the Duke and Duchess have other matters to focus on right now, namely, their new son Prince George! They welcomed the birth of their firstborn on July 22 at St. Mary's Hospital and announced his name almost 48 hours later.

    The little prince made his first public appearance merely hours after he arrived in the world, with his parents cradling him in their arms as they posed on the steps of the hospital (per royal family tradition, naturally).

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