September 26, 2012 5:10 PM EST
Kate Middleton Topless Photos Seen 7 Million Brits, According to Survey [PHOTOS]
Though there were no British magazines that published topless photos of the Duchess, 10 percent of Britain's population were able to see the crown jewels, according to a recent survey.
When French publication, Closer Magazine, released topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge earlier this month, the whole world was enraged and curious at the same time. It resulted to a massive media blow out that involved injunctions, court orders, and shutting down of offices, leaving an embarrassed Duke and Duchess with their prides intact.
According to a survey made by YouGov, more than 7 million people were able to see the topless photos despite the fact that they were not published in any British magazine, newspaper, or media. The Internet surely made a huge part in spreading the private photos of the Duchess.
The French court has already ordered Closer to surrender all copies, including digital, of the topless photos so re-production will be prevented. On the other hand, the injunction does not apply to publications from other countries, which resulted to a Dutch and Italian magazine still releasing the photos.
Meanwhile, the identity of the photographer who snapped the topless images is currently being investigated, though his nationality has already been revealed. Pascal Rostain, a French photographer, said that the culprit is ironically an Englishman.
"The irony of this whole thing is that the photographer who took these pictures is an Englishman living in the south of France," says Rostain in a report. He added that the said photographer was sent by Closer magazine to the area near the Chateau where the Royal Couple was vacationing.