Irish Daily Star editor resigns over duchess' topless photos
November 26, 2012 -- Updated 0210 GMT (1010 HKT)
The Irish Daily Star on September 15 featured the topless pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge.
- 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
(CNN) -- 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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