Topless Kate Pictures - Desmond Pulls Funding
British newspaper proprietor cuts Irish tabloid loose over royal snaps...
Newspaper proprietor Richard Desmond has announced that he is to pull his funding from theKate Middleton.
The newspaper, published in the Republic of Ireland, followed French magazine Closer in printing the images - taken with a long camera lens while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were on holiday in Provence.
An Italian magazine called Chi has also published the images, despite the royal family promising to take legal action against the French magazine which ran them first.
The Irish Daily Star is a joint venture between Desmond's Northern & Shell group - which publishes the Daily Star in the UK and owns Channel 5 - and Ireland's Independent News & Media.
Desmond told Sky News: "I am very angry at the decision to publish these photographs and am taking immediate steps to close down the joint venture.
"The decision to publish these pictures has no justification whatever, and Northern & Shell condemns it in the strongest possible terms."
And Gareth Morgan, editor of the Daily Star Sunday, was equally aghast at the Irish paper's move.
He said: "We're absolutely horrified here in the office, and as a company. This has no merit as an editorial decision, it has no merit morally, it's frankly a horrible decision."