Topless Photo Shocker: Kate Middleton Snapped Without Bikini Top

The British Royal family is having something of a scandalous summer. First, Prince Harry is photographed baring all, and now his sister-in-law Kate is caught topless by photogs. The pictures were bought and published by French gossip magazine Closer.

St James’s Palace called the images a “grotesque abuse of privacy” and revealed that “legal proceedings for breach of privacy have been commenced today in France” by William and Kate.

Closer denies invading the couple’s privacy while they vacationed during a pretour in Provence, France. Editor Laurence Pieau defends the photos saying, “These photos are not in the least shocking. They show a young woman sunbathing topless, like the millions of women you see on beaches.”

But, as everyone knows, Kate Middleton can hardly be compared to “millions of women.”

The royal couple is keeping their head up and honoring their public duties since the photos surfaced. They visited Kuala Lumpur’s largest mosque this morning and had tea at the British High Commission later in the day.

As for the photos, British newsstands will not be displaying or selling the magazine. Prime Minister David Cameron has also voiced his support of the royal couple’s right to privacy.

Kate and William were married in a televised extravaganza in April of 2011.