Evangelist Franklin Graham scolded Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, on May 3 for sunbathing topless in a private villa in the South of France where her privacy was violated by a photographer who took unauthorized pictures in 2012.
The U.K. Press Association reported that the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William filed a $1.6 million lawsuit against Closer magazine, which published the topless photos, notes CNN.
"The incident is reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, and all the more upsetting to The Duke and Duchess for being so," a spokesman for Buckingham Palace said in 2012.
William said that publication of the topless photographs was "particularly shocking" because of his late mother, Princess Diana, and her history with the paparazzi.
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The French paparazzi chased a car that Diana was riding in through a Paris tunnel in 1997 leading to a car crash and her death at age 36.
Graham expressed some sympathy for the duchess on May 3 in a Facebook posting, but then scolded her for sunbathing topless "outside," and warned everyone that God is reading their thoughts.
The Royals are suing for $1.6 million in damages over topless photos of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, that were published in a French magazine. I feel for them. We all appreciate our privacy, but we live in a high tech, digital age where it seems there’s no privacy. Cameras are everywhere.
Kate Middleton, of all people, should know this. She is followed by paparazzi from all around the world. If you don't want topless pictures of yourself taken, it might be a good idea to keep your top on outside. This is also a reminder to all of us that even though it seems people are always watching—more importantly, God is always watching.
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He sees everything we do. He not only sees what we do, He knows our thoughts. The Bible tells us, "You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar" (Psalm 139:2). One day will stand before him and all will be revealed.
On May 3, Graham joined other right-wing religious leaders for dinner with President Donald Trump the night before he signed an executive order on "religious liberty," noted The Atlantic.
There were mixed reactions from evangelicals on Trump's executive order, which told the Internal Revenue Service to "not take any adverse action against any individual, house of worship, or other religious organization," and told the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury to consider changing regulations in the Affordable Care Act, which mandates that most employers cover contraception in insurance plans for employees.