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The Sun says it won't publish the topless Kate Middleton pictures - but French editor defends using them

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By The Drum Team, Editorial

September 14, 2012 | 2 min read

The Sun has today confirmed it will not be publishing the topless photographs of Kate Middleton that have surfaced in a French gossip magazine.

The tabloid's editor Dominic Mohan said "the circumstances are very different" to those relating to the photos of Prince Harry in Las Vegas, which the paper ran on its front page.

"The Sun has no intention of breaching the royal couple's privacy," Mohan said this afternoon.

"Prince Harry was at a party with a large group of strangers – one of whom released a photo into the public domain."

French magazine Closer has been criticised for publishing the pictures, which were taken while the Duchess of Cambridge was sunbathing on a private holiday.

But its editor Laurence Pieau defended using the images, branding the criticism "very very stupid".

He is quoted by ITV News as saying: "It's a coup to have these exclusive pictures, but what surprises me is the drama that's being made of the images - they're of a young couple in their swimming costumes, married for a year - of a young princess who in some of the pictures is topless.

"We need to stop getting so worked up, there are young women topless on half the beaches in the world, the photos aren't degrading.

"The criticism that's come out is very very stupid, they're a young couple on holiday on a terrace in a chateau in the south of France, and the terrace is visible from a public highway."

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