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The people responsible for publishing topless photos of Kate Middleton back in 2012 will see their day in court, the Daily Mail reports. Six journalists, photographers, and other media execs will reportedly stand trial in 2017, on charges of breaching France's strict invasion of privacy laws.

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The topless photos were taken of the now-Duchess of Cambridge while she was on the balcony of a private residence in the South of France during a vacation with her husband, Prince William. They were originally published on the front page of regional daily newspaper La Provence in southern France in September, 2012. Yuck.

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At the time, Middleton and Prince William sought criminal charges to try to prevent wider distribution of the photos. But then a week later, the photos appeared in French tabloid Closer, giving them a much wider audience.

The images later popped up in other parts of Europe, including in Chi magazine, which is owned by former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Mondadori media group , and publications in Denmark, Ireland, Italy and Sweden.

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At the time, a spokesman for the royal family released a statement comparing the incident to the excessive tabloid attention that had plagued Prince William's mother, Princess Diana. She died in Paris in 1997 after the car she was in crashed while trying to escape the paparazzi.

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"The incident is reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, and all the more upsetting to the Duke and Duchess for being so," the statement said. "Their Royal Highnesses had every expectation of privacy in the remote house. It is unthinkable that anyone should take such photographs, let alone publish them."

I hope these scumbags get what they deserve, and it seems likely that they will. Because messing with the royal family is a bad idea.

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Sources: International Business Times | Daily Mail