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(CBS/AP) -- Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are taking legal action against a French magazine that published topless photos of the duchess.

St. James' Palace said in a statement to BBC News Friday that "legal proceedings for breach of privacy have been commenced today in France by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge against the publishers of Closer Magazine France."

The blurry photos, taken earlier this month as the royal couple vacationed at a private estate in Provence, near the French Riviera, were published in the magazine Friday.