Kate Middleton’s sensational topless photos has cost top editor Michael O’Kane his job at the Irish Daily Star. It was the only publication in the British Isles to print the photos, which were widely circulated in Europe.

The photos, taken while Kate and Prince William were sunning at their uncle’s estate in France, were eventually printed in Italy, France, Germany and Belgium.

The images showing Kate topless were initially published in French magazine Closer. The Daily Star was next to print most of the images and O’Kane was suspended as editor in September. At the time no English publication had dared to print them, and to date, none have.

Kate Middleton Topless Photos Published

Kate Middleton is caught in a royal uproar over topless photos of her published in France. They follow publication of nude photos of Prince Harry partying in Las Vegas. Click the photo to see Kate topless.

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In mid-September, a French court ordered Closer to turn over all copies of the photos to the royal couple no later than 24 hours from the time of the ruling and threatened a 10,000 euro fine.

The ruling laid to rest the controversy over photos. Kate and William were vacationing at the Chateau D’Aulet, a sprawling 640-acre estate in Provence, France, owned by the Queen’s nephew. According to reports, they were in clear view from the road fronting the estate and from a public area much closer to the house.

O’Kane was suspended pending an investigation into publication of the photos and the paper announced today (Nov. 24) that he had resigned.

“As a result of the publication on 15 September 2012, issues arose with the shareholders of Independent Star Limited,” the paper said in a statement. “Having considered those issues in tandem with Mr O’Kane, it is Mr O’Kane’s decision to resign as editor of the Irish Daily Star, effective immediately.”