By Claire West

According to St. James's Palace the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are to make a criminal complaint against the photographer who took the topless pictures of the duchess.

A Palace spokesperson said: "We can confirm that a criminal complaint is to be made to the French prosecution department"

Marina Berlusconi the daughter of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and Chairwoman of the French Closer magazine and Italian Chi said that the magazines were "just doing their job".

In the UK Richard Desmond who owns Northern & Shell and co-owns the Irish Daily Star which also published the photos distanced himself by saying he was "profoundly dismayed''.

St. James's Palace is the senior Palace of the Sovereign, with a long history as a Royal residence. As the home of several members of the Royal Family and their household offices, it is often in use for official functions and is not open to the public.

Today, St. James's Palace remains a busy working palace. The State Apartments are sometimes used for entertaining during in-coming State Visits, as well as for other ceremonial and formal occasions. They host receptions for charities with which members of the Royal Family are involved, numbering approximately 100 in a year.