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Royal Topless Pictures – Reality Behind Legal Verdict

The verdict may look like a victory for the Royal family in the topless pictures saga. The Duchess of Cambridge has forced the magazine Closer to withdraw the copies featuring her topless pictures. But she did not get a copyright on the them which means they can be sold and used elsewhere.

The verdict may look like a victory for the Royal family in the topless pictures saga. The Duchess of Cambridge has forced the magazine Closer to withdraw copies featuring her topless pictures.

The Royal lawyers now hold the pictures but in the digital age that means nothing. They do not hold the copyright of the pictures which means they can be sold and used elsewhere. No copyright – no control.

The court action on behalf of the royal family has obviously been a warning shot to paparazzi and publishers around the world but it has failed.

As several media sources pointed out, the pictures have been published and by their actions the royal family have simply hyped up the attention factor. 

This would have been viewed as just another celebrity scoop, a nine day wonder at most. A topless shot of a famous person. But the UK establishment does not see the Royal family, particularly a future King and Queen, as celebrities. They must be above all that, revered, flattered and privileged – as people beyond the reach of “ordinary mortals.”

It is a situation they have got away with for centuries and will probably hang onto for a few more years yet.

The court also gave the Royal family damages – just 2000 euros. This is a laughable amount and scarcely a deterrent. It shows just how seriously the court took the “damage” caused.

The problem is that British royals want to have their Royal Victoria Sponge Cake – and eat it – with a gold plated cherry on top. They claim it is outrageous for the pictures to be taken, an infringement on the privacy normal people expect..

But they are not normal – and anybody who treats them as normal – by speaking to them before they speak for example - is swiftly slapped down.

The Royal family demands privilege – but expects to be treated normally. Sorry, those days are past.

The father-in-law of the Duchess, Prince Charles is in the habit of writing letters to Government ministers asking, or demanding, favours. Putting his point of view and expecting it to acted on. He is entitled to his point of view. The difference is, he expects it to be acted on. That situation is about to be exposed, possibly with sad consequences for him.

But the way he acts, it’s as if 500 years of history have not happened. Wake up you Windsors. The times are changing.

And Kate, just keep your top on outdoors. Unless you want to be treated like the rest of the celebs. And you surely don’t want that.

Coleen Rooney, minor celebrity, fashion model and wife of soccer star Wayne Rooney, knows better than to take her top off where paparazzi lurk. Why don’t you? And please don’t say it was a private chateau.

It is owned by a nephew of the Queen – and known to the paparazzi. What’s more, it’s in France, not a country that believes the British Royal family is some sort of deity on earth.

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  1. stevetheblogger

    On September 18, 2012 at 5:04 pm


    Being a royalist and I have met the Queen and her Husband served with Prince Charles when he was in the Military and have spoken to all face to face. Once you speak to them you get a better understanding they are (although rich and privileged) a lot like you and me and behind closed doors I can tell you they do a lot for the average Britisher and if it was not for them the UK would just be another communist state. It is her who steers our whining Politicians away from a CS so I am all for her
    Best Wishes
    stevetheblogger
    A Royalist a person just like you who is allowed to speak as he or she wills without being arrested by Mr Putin

  2. PaulB

    On September 18, 2012 at 6:07 pm


    I get the impression Both sides are satisfied in a way. The Royals will feel they have made their point. On the other hand the journalists will think a slapped wrist is worth the profit made.

  3. Martin Kloess

    On September 18, 2012 at 8:35 pm


    Well done thank you for sharing.

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