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'Closer' France editor defends Kate Middleton photos: 'They're joyous'

The editor of the French magazine that published topless pictures of Kate Middleton has argued that the images are "not in the least shocking".

Closer France caused outrage after choosing to run long-lens photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge and her husband Prince William taken while on a private break in Provence.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge aka Kate Middleton
during a walkabout in the centre of Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - 14.09.12
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Laurence Pieau, the editor of the publication, has now defended the decision, insisting that the "nice series" of photos "are full of joy" and describing the reaction to them as "disproportionate".

"One shouldn't dramatise these pictures," she told The AFP. "The reaction has been a little disproportionate.

"It is a young couple that has just been married. They are in love. They are beautiful. She is the princess of the 21st century.

"These are pictures that are full of joy. They are not degrading. Similarities have been drawn with the [nude] pictures of Prince Harry. They are not similar. These are not degrading."

Prince William and Kate Middleton on the Diamond Jubilee tour in Singapore

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Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge Diamond Jubilee Tour, Singapore - 11 Sep 2012
Subhead: Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William at an Orchid Naming Ceremony at Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Supplementary info: Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge visit the Orchid Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens. The Duke and Duchess viewed the VIP Orchid Garden, where examples of the orchids on display include those named after The Queen and Diana Princess of Wales.
Categories: British Royalty, Female, Male, With Others, Personality
Byline: Tim Rooke/Rex Features

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Pieau went on to claim that the royal couple were "visible from the street" when they were photographed and claimed that Closer had seen pictures of them that were "more intimate".

She said: "Honestly I don't know of a single celebrity magazine in the world that would not have run these pictures had they had them. They wouldn't have hesitated two seconds before running. Once should not be hypocritical.

"I won't hide the fact that there are more intimate pictures that exist that we haven't published and will not publish. Probably other newspapers will choose to publish them, but that was not our choice".

St James's Palace has issued a statement on the pictures in which they compared the incident to the "worst excesses" of the paparazzi during the life of William's mother Princess Diana, who died in a Paris car crash in 1997 while being pursued by photographers.

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