The court hearing will take place in Paris today

Kate Middleton and Prince William‘s barrister will lodge a criminal complaint in a court hearing today in Paris against Closer France for printing pictures of Kate topless.

France’s criminal prosecutors will then decide whether the case is worth pursuing, but if proceedings go ahead, they could technically end in a 1-year prison sentence and a £36,000 fine
for the magazine’s editor Laurence Pieau and the photographer.

Wills and Kate‘s lawyers are also going to the civil courts to seek damages and an injunction preventing further publication of the images.

Closer France published the long-lens pictures of Kate – which were taken as she sunbathed in Provence earlier this month – in a 5-page spread on Friday.

Italian magazine Chi are also set to print a 26-page special, while the Irish Daily Star included the pictures over the weekend.

Kate and William, both 30, will continue with their Diamond Jubilee tour of Asia and the South Pacific as the court case begins.

They remained upbeat as they visited the Solomon Islands yesterday.

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Anna Duff