John Galliano’s former lawyer Aurélien Hamelle is really making things happen for his latest client, the royal family. As the Duke and Duchess continue their tour of the South Pacific, the publishers of French magazine Closer, who last week printed topless photos of Kate Middleton, have been served with an injunction by a civil court in Nanterre, barring them from republishing or selling any of the offending photos, NBC News is reporting.
The injunction also requires Closer to hand over all digital and hard copies to the Palace within 24 hours, or face a €10,000 fine, according to the Daily Mail. If the images are republished or sold, Closer would also face a €10,000 fine every day until the images are taken down. The French court ruling also means that the photos cannot be published in any other magazines or papers in France. This is no small victory for the royal family, who filed suit against the magazine only yesterday.
Still, a few issues have yet to be settled. The royal family has also brought the magazine up on criminal charges for which they are seeking damages. That investigation is expected to take months to conclude. And despite the charges, Italian magazine Chi, who shares a publisher with Closer, published a 26-page spread of the photos yesterday.
Of course, you wouldn’t know any of this was going on by looking at the royal couple, who look sunkissed and happy on their South Pacific tour. Click through for photos of Kate appearing to have the time of her life dancing with William and island natives in grass skirts, being carried around in a chair, and bidding farewell to Marau and boarding a private plane in a lovely yellow eyelet number by an independent designer.