The Swedish celebrity magazine Se & Hor published topless photos of Kate Middleton on Wednesday amid a recently opened French criminal investigation.
The unauthorized photos, which have already been published in France, Italy, Ireland and on the Internet, appear in the most recent edition of the Scandinavian magazine, according to the Associated Press. The newswire also reported that the magazine's sister publication in Denmark also plans to publish the photos later this week.
The publication of the images in Sweden comes just as French police opened a criminal investigation into whether the photos — which first appeared in an edition of the French Closer magazine — were an invasion of privacy.
"It is nothing new to us to publish nude photos of celebrities on holiday," Carina Lofkvist, the chief editor of the Swedish magazine told AP.
The newswire adds that Lofkvist said actresses Demi Moore and Sharon Stone have posed and model Kate Moss previously appeared half-naked in the magazine.
“No one complains when they do and we print the photos,” Lofkvist said,
Sister publication Se & Hoer in Denmark will reportedly publish the pictures in a 16-page supplement Thursday, chief editor Kim Henningsen told AP. Henningsen reportedly added that the magazine had been offered 240 pictures but decided only to use 60 to 70 of them. He declined to say who sold the photographs to the weekly or how much money the magazine paid.
Multiple news outlets reported that a French court ordered police to obtain information on Closer magazine employees after the British royal couple filed the criminal complaint Monday.
Marie-Christine Daubigney, assistant prosecutor for the Nanterre court, outside Paris, told the AP on Wednesday that she had instructed police to get the names of some Closer employees, including the journalist who wrote the article.
According to AP, Daubigney hadn't told police to identify the photographer who took the pictures because that will be part of a “later investigation.”
In addition, she denied to the AP that police raided Closer magazine headquarters Wednesday, calling the French media reports of the incident “completely untrue.”