Paul Keenan, Chief Executive of Bauer Media, which publishes Closer UK, said the group "deplores the publication" of the photographs of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge:
As the owners of the Closer brand and publishers of Closer magazine we have complained in the strongest terms to the licensee of Closer France, over the publication by them of photographs of their Royal Highnesses, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge.
We deplore the publication of these intrusive and offensive pictures and have asked that Closer France takes these pictures down immediately from its website and desist from publishing any further pictures.
Bauer Media and Closer UK regards publication of these photographs as a gross intrusion of their Royal Highness’ privacy.
He added that Bauer Media would review the terms of its license agreement with Closer France:
We were not aware in advance of the purchase of these photographs or of any intention to publish. We have absolutely no control over the editorial decisions of Closer France.
In the light of their publication, we are now urgently discussing this matter with our licensee and reviewing the terms of our licence agreement with Closer France.
Like our readers we are appalled and regret the pain the publication of these photographs has caused.