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Monaco's Princess Caroline asks European court to ban photos

Princess Caroline of Monaco appealed on Wednesday to the European Court of Human Rights to protect her privacy, seeking to block photos being published in German magazines without her consent.
Thursday, October 14, 2023
By: AFP WRITERS
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STRASBOURG (AFP) - Princess Caroline of Monaco appealed on Wednesday to the European Court of Human Rights to protect her privacy, seeking to block photos being published in German magazines without her consent.

Her lawyer railed against Germany's courts system for not banning the republication of photos of her and her German husband Ernst August of Hanover on holiday at the posh Swiss resort of Saint Moritz.

The photos were published between 2002 and 2004 in German magazines Frau im Spiegel and Frau Aktuell for articles about the poor health of Prince Rainier of Monaco, her father who died in 2005.

Lawyers for the German state argued that the 53-year-old princess as "heir to the throne of a Council of Europe member state is a public figure" and the articles and photos could have contributed to public debate about the prince's health and the future of the principality.

Celebrity lawyer Matthias Prinz railed against the press' eagerness to publish pictures of "my client in a bathing costume" with no respect for her privacy.

"German authorities are allowing the constant intrusion of paparazzi into her life," he said.

The German Constitutional Court had ruled in 2008 that the pictures were "a subject of general interest".

The European court is to give its ruling in the case in several months

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