A French court has banned further publication of topless photos of Kate Middleton and said the magazine ‘Closer’ faces a €10,000 daily fine if they are re-published.

The Tribunal de Grande Instance in Nanterre, Paris, also ordered the magazine to hand over the topless photos within 24 hours.

The Irish Daily Star announced yesterday that it had suspended its editor Michael O'Kane, pending an investigation into the newspaper's decision to use the pictures.

The newspaper is jointly owned by Richard Desmond's Northern and Shell and International News & Media.

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter said yesterday that he will introduce privacy laws on the back of the scandal.

Lawyers for Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate have also asked France's criminal prosecutors to consider charging the photographer who took the pictures.

The scandal erupted last week when Closer ran the images of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enjoying private holiday moments at Chateau d'Autet, near Aix-en-Provence.

St James's Palace responded to their publication, saying a red line had been crossed.

Currently on a Diamond Jubilee tour of the Far East and South Pacific, the royal couple travelled today to one of the smallest countries in the world, the island nation of Tuvalu.