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Who Took the Topless Photos of Kate Middleton? 

John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images(PARIS) -- A freelance photographer claims that he knows the identity of the person who snapped the topless photos of Kate Middleton sunbathing at a secluded, private French chateau while on vacation with her husband, Prince William.

French celebrity photographer Pascal Rostain told France’s Metro Newspaper that the photographer was an Englishman living in the south of France working for Closer, the gossip magazine that first published the topless photos last Friday. But he refused to give up the paparazzo’s name. Four additional publications, in Ireland, Denmark, Sweden and Italy, have since published the infamous photos.

Whoever the photographer is, he or she could face a $60,000 fine and one year in prison under French law.

The the Royal Family scored a legal victory earlier this week, when a French court ordered Closer to turn over all digital copies of the photos by Wednesday.

The magazine was also ordered to not publish the photos further, and warned that it could face a $12,000 fine each time it defies the ruling. It is not known if the tabloid has complied.

The court's decision only affects Closer in France and not the other publications that have published the topless photos. Despite the injunction, there is nothing the royal family can do about the photos appearing online or outside of France.

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Two War Photographers Killed in Libya Attack

Tim Hethrington -- ABC/Rick Rowell(MISTRATA, Libya) -- Two photojournalists were killed and two others wounded during a mortar attack in Misrata, Libya Wednesday.

Among the dead were award-winning war photographer Tim Hetherington and Getty Images photographer Chris Hondros.

Hetherington, one of the best-known photojournalists, produced powerful pieces for ABC News' Nightline from the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, and for the documentary Restrepo, which won an award at the Sundance Film Festival last year.

Hetherington was embedded with the Army unit in Afghanistan when Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta put his life on the line to save his comrades.  Giunta later became the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor since Vietnam.

Hondros "was a renowned and highly awarded photojournalist who covered most of the world’s major conflicts since the late 1990s, including wars in Kosovo, Angola, Sierra Leone, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Kashmir, the West Bank, Iraq and Liberia," Getty Images Co-Founder and CEO Jonathan Klein said in a statement.

Hondros' work has appeared on several magazine covers, and in 2006, he won the Robert Capa Gold Medal, the highest honor for war photography, for his work in Iraq.

Two other photographers were injured in the attack.  Guy Martin of Panos News Agency was gravely wounded, while photographer Michael Brown was less severely wounded.

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Princess Diana Photographer Captures Royal Engagement Photos

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LONDON) -- The sure-to-be-storybook engagement photos for Prince William and Kate Middleton may be months away, but the prince's choice of photographer is already making headlines.

Mario Testino, the famous photographer, also did one of the last photo shoots with William's mother, Princess Diana, for Vanity Fair that hit newsstands a month before her death in an auto accident in 1997.

For William, the wedding is very much about his beloved mother. For the engagement, William gave Middleton his mother's famous sapphire and diamond ring as a way to share the celebration with Diana.

The wedding site, Westminster Abbey, is also significant in Diana's legacy -- it's where William and brother Prince Harry last said goodbye to their mother at her funeral.

After Diana's death, Testino continued capturing royal shots of William and Harry on their 21st birthdays and the boys with their father, Prince Charles.

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