Kate Middleton topless sunbathing shots in French tabloid Closer

The royal family has a naked debacle on its hands and this time it doesn’t involve Prince Harry. No, surprisingly, the naked perosn in question is none other than the Duchess of Cambridge herself, Kate Middleton. A French tabloid called Closer has published images of Middleton sunbathing topless while on vacation in Provence… right alongside Prince William, so there’s a pretty good chance they’re real. We’re guessing Middleton and the royal family won’t breeze these off as casually as Alison Pill.

You can see the whole lot of them here.

UPDATE: Per reps for the royals via Newsday, Kate and William are “saddened” by the photos:

“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,” a St. James’s Palace official in London said. “The incident is reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of Diana, Princess ofWales, and all the more upsetting to the Duke and Duchess for being so.”

The palace official said representatives of the couple were consulting with lawyers.

“We feel a line has been crossed with their publication,” the official added.

(Photos: Closer and Gakatan.com via Egotastic)