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Irish Daily Star editor resigns over duchess' topless photos

The Irish Daily Star on September 15 featured the topless pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge.

Story highlights

  • Images showed duchess sunbathing with Prince William in southern France
  • The grainy pictures appear to be taken with a long camera lens
  • Palace officials quickly blasted the images, calling them a "grotesque" invasion of privacy

The editor of the Irish Daily Star resigned Saturday "as a result of the publication on 15 September 2012," which revealed topless photos of the duchess of Cambridge, according to a statement from the paper.

The images showed Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, sunbathing, igniting a firestorm of controversy in the British media and stern comments from Buckingham Palace.

Michael O'Kane had been suspended earlier, following the publication.

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Palace officials quickly blasted the images and their publication in what they called a "grotesque" invasion of privacy.

The grainy pictures appear to have been taken with a long camera lens while the duchess and her husband Prince William were staying at a private chateau in Provence in southern France

St. James's Palace officials said in September that they "believe a red line has been crossed." The palace confirmed that the couple is taking legal action.

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