14 September 2012 6:27 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

The Palace is speaking out about the topless photos of Kate Middleton that were published in French magazine Closer on Thursday.

The pictures were taken during Prince William and Kate's private holiday in France.

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A St. James's Palace spokesman tells Et in a statement, "Their Royal Highnesses have been hugely saddened to learn that a French publication and a photographer have invaded their privacy in such a grotesque and totally unjustifiable manner. 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. 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."

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