, MARSEILLE, France, Sep 18 – French regional newspaper La Provence on Tuesday denied one of its photographers took topless pictures of Prince William’s wife Catherine published in glossy magazine Closer.
“A photographer from La Provence, who took pictures of the royal couple when they arrived in the Vaucluse, is unfairly suspected of having taken the pictures published by Closer,” the newspaper’s editor Philippe Minard said in a statement.
“La Provence firmly denies these allegations,” it said.
The daily had on September 7 published pictures of the royal couple as they holidayed in southern France in a chateau owned by Viscount Linley, the son of Queen Elizabeth II’s deceased sister Princess Margaret.
But the identity of the photographer who took the topless pictures has not been revealed.
French authorities on Tuesday banned Closer from any further publication or resale of the pictures and launched a criminal investigation into how they were obtained.
An emergency injunction granted by a civil court in the Paris suburbs ordered the magazine to hand over all forms of the pictures to representatives of the British royal couple within 24 hours or face a 10,000-euro ($13,000) fine for every day’s delay.
The injunction also bans the glossy magazine, which published the pictures on Friday, from reusing them in print or on its website and from re-selling them. Each infraction will be subject to a 10,000-euro fine.
Versions of the grainy pictures are already widely available on the Internet and have been printed in Ireland’s Daily Star newspaper and Italy’s Chi magazine.