Both the newspapers quoted an anonymous source saying, âThe photographer is expected to be held for questioning imminently.â
To recap, a French gossip magazine, Closer, first published the topless pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge while she and Prince William were enjoying their vacation in privately owned chateau d’Autet located in Provence in Southern France last September. The pictures were later published in an Italian magazine Chi and Irelandâs Daily Star before Kateâs bottomless photos surfaced. Buckingham Palace called the scandal a âgrotesqueâ invasion of the royal coupleâs privacy and eventually Prince William filed a case demanding that the responsible person to be imprisoned.
Later, a French court ruled that Closer, should stop further publishing of the offensive images. However, as photographers are protected according to French law, as journalistic sources, Closer was spared disclosing the identity of the photographer, which the magazine earlier hired to take photos of the Duke and the Duchess.
If the photographer is found guilty, he/she may be fined $57,000 and handed down a jail sentence of up to a year, according to the newspapers. However, these developments are speculative at the moment.
Though, French public prosecutor Marie-Christine Daubigney, told The Mirror that suspect has been identified and will be sent to the investigating magistrates.