PARIS: The head of a major publishing group and a photographer were charged this month over the publication of intimate photos of Prince William's wife Catherine, sources said Wednesday.

The photos - some of them of the former Kate Middleton topless - were printed in two separate publications in September, causing a huge furore and leading to the royal couple launching legal proceedings inFrance.

According to sources close to the case, the head of the Mondadori Group - the publisher of glossy magazine Closer where the topless shots were printed - and a photographer at regional daily LaProvence, were both charged. Judges in theParissuburb ofNanterrecharged the photographer with "invasion of privacy" for taking photos of the former Kate Middleton in a swimsuit while she was on holiday in the south ofFrancewith her husband. Those shots were published in LaProvence. But the most intimate shots showing the Duchess ofCambridgetopless and having suncream rubbed into her buttocks by William were published in Closer.

Judges are still investigating who took those photos.