Kate Middleton and Prince William are reportedly furious over intrusive photographs that were taken of the Duchess of Cambridge and recently published by a French magazine.
Middleton, 30, was on vacation with Prince William in France where paparazzi took photos of her laying topless by a swimming pool at a private chateau. The couple recently responded through a representative.
"Their sadness has turned to anger and disbelief as we have learnt more about the photographs. We believe a red line has been crossed and we are consulting the French lawyers to see what, if any, action can be taken," a spokesman for the couple said in a public statement.
The pair, who was told of the scandal during a tour of Kuala Lumpur, is said to be "hurt, shocked, furious and disgusted," according to Daily Mail.
France's Closer magazine published the scandalous photos alongside the headline "World Exclusive; Kate and William in Provence: Oh My God!" The magazine is expected to hit shelves on Friday.
Some of the text included in the lewd article reads "Discover the incredible pictures of the future Queen of England as you've never seen her before ... and as you will never see her again!"
Laurence Pieau, the editor of the French publication, appeared to make a mockery of the situation, saying that Middleton's brother-in-law, Prince Harry, would feel "less alone" after the Duchess' topless scandal.
In August, the 27-year-old, who is third in line for the throne, was left red-faced after nude photographs were taken of him during a party in Vegas. His brother, Prince William, was said to be "furious" over the incident and is now seething with rage over his wife's scandal as well.
The Duke of Cambridge, 30, is now intent on speaking with lawyers to determine whether the couple will take legal action over the matter.
"Officials acting on behalf of Their Royal Highnesses are consulting with lawyers to consider what options may be available to The Duke and Duchess," a statement said.
"Their Royal Highnesses have been hugely saddened to learn that a French publication and a photographer have invaded their privacy in such a grotesque and totally unjustifiable manner. The incident is reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, and all the more upsetting to The Duke and Duchess for being so," it went on.
"Their Royal Highnesses had every expectation of privacy in the remote house. It is unthinkable that anyone should take such photographs, let alone publish them," the statement added.