Kate Middleton scored a major win in court just one day after announcing that she's pregnant with her third child.
The Duchess of Cambridge was awarded £91,700 in punitive damages by a French court on Tuesday five years after a French tabloid published unauthorized photos of Middleton topless. The photos were taken of Middleton while she was on vacation with husband Prince William in Provence, France.
The court in Nanterre, France ordered the tabloid, Closer, to pay Middleton the roughly $120,000, though the royal couple's French barrister Jean Veil had initially requested £1.3 million in damages on their bahalf.
The photos were found to have breached the couple's privacy.
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All six defendants in the trial were convicted upon the ruling, which was revealed on Tuesday. La Provence, another French publication that published non-nude images from the same vacation, was ordered to pay €3,000 in damages, while Ernesto Mauri, an executive of the group that published Closer, received a €45,000 fine. The magazine's editor, Laurence Pieau, was fined the same amount.
The ruling ends a five-year nightmare for Middleton that began when Closer initially published the photos back in 2012.
On Monday, Kensington Palace confirmed in a statement that Middleton and Prince William were expecting their third child together.
"The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news," the statement read.
Will and Kate already share son, George, and daughter, Charlotte, together.
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