By Elizabeth C.
THE PHOTOGRAPHER WHO SNAPPED PRINCESS KATE TOPLESS was a working stiff on assignment for the French magazine Closer and made scant money off his “get.”
In an interview with France Metro, a French photographer named Pascal Rostain claims that the shooter who titillated the world with snaps of Kate sunning toplesss was not a paparazzo but a British Closer freelancer who lives in Southern France.
“These photos were taken on the orders of Closer who asked him to sit around for several days to take them,” Rostain, described as one of “France’s most notorious long lens photographers,” told the newspaper.
“For his efforts he did not earn a lot. He could have sold them for €10,000, but in fact he was just paid his wages for going to take them. And he didn’t put them on the open market either, where he could have earned a lot more.”
The Royal couple won an injunction in France to prevent Closer from further publishing the photos, and the paper’s editors have been ordered to hand over the photos. But authorities are still seeking the name of the photographer who took the photos, and who faces criminal prosecution for invasion of privacy.
French police raided Closer offices Wednesday morning. “They were reported to have searched the publication’s offices and examined journalists’ computers,” according to the Guardian.
While the as-yet unidentified photographer faces prosecution, at least five publications around the world have published the photographs of the Princess removing her bikini top and getting greased down by Prince William.
An attorney representing the Royals asserts that they’ve been “profoundly shocked and troubled” revealing “deeply intimate moments in the life of this couple.”