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British Closer magazine vows it would “never publish topless images” of a member of the Royal family after it’s French namesake printed topless pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge.
Britain’s Closer magazine has been forced to distance itself from its French namesake after receiving a barrage of online abuse over the continental title’s decision to publish topless pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge.
Readers criticised the British title after the disclosure that the Duke and Duchess had reacted with “anger and disbelief” to the publication of the long-lens shots of the Duchess in France’s Closer.
But the British magazine was quick to point out that the two titles are run by completely different companies.
It is published by Bauer Media while the French equivalent is produced by Mondadori, an Italian media company chaired by Marina Berlusconi, the daughter of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
The response may have come too late to placate some users of Twitter, the social network. One, @rambling_bex, had already written that “you should boycott the UK edition to show your distaste”.
Lee Wise added: “As a brand the reputation will still be damaged in the UK. Consumers will take no notice of the different editorial team issue.”
Users rallied to the defence of the Duke and Duchess, whose spokesman described the pictures as “a grotesque and totally unjustifiable invasion of privacy”.
One angry commenter summed up the frustration of many, writing: “That is a couple on holiday. They’re not doing anything wrong and you are trying to ruin them.”
Another, Laura Griffiths, wrote: “@closerfr @closeronline should be ashamed of themselves for publishing pics of Kate Middleton #disgraceful.”
In a statement published on Twitter, British Closer wrote: “Understandably we have had a lot of messages about the decision by Closer magazine in France to publish pictures of Kate Middleton.
“To clarify, this is the Twitter page for Closer UK, published by Bauer media, and an entirely different magazine to Closer France.
“Closer France is published under licence by Italian business Mondadori, and Closer magazine UK would like to make it clear that the two publications make entirely independent editorial decisions.”
The Twitter feed then provided a “handle” for angry readers to contact the French publication, leading some consumers to demand a boycott.
The British magazine also published a statement on its Facebook feed insisting it had “no intention” of copying the French magazine in publishing the photographs.
“Closer magazine UK takes its obligations under the PCC Code extremely seriously and would never publish topless images of a member of the Royal family on its cover or otherwise,” it said.