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Irish Star owner offers Duchess 'deepest apologies' over photos

Published on Sep 16, 2012 7:46 PM
A man poses with the Irish Daily Star newspaper on Sept 15, 2012 in Dundalk, Ireland, showing its headline regarding intimate and topless pictures of Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge reprinted inside. -- PHOTO: AFP

DUBLIN (REUTERS) - The Irish publisher of the Daily Star on Sunday offered its "deepest apologies" for publishing topless pictures of the wife of Britain's Prince William but said it would resist efforts by its British partner to close the paper.

The Irish Daily Star on Saturday broke ranks with its British and Irish rivals by publishing shots of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge - the former Kate Middleton - that were originally printed in the French magazine Closer.

The pictures have reignited a debate over privacy and freedom of the press, especially in Britain, where media could face new regulations after a series of publishing scandals.

All British papers have refrained from publishing the photographs, including the Sun, the only British title to run pictures of William's brother Harry cavorting naked in a Las Vegas hotel last month.

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