Irish editor quits over topless Kate photos

The editor of an Irish daily that carried topless pictures of a sunbathing Kate Middleton has resigned in the wake of the controversy that had outraged the British royal family.

Michael O'Kane, the editor of the Irish Daily Star had been suspended from his position in September while the tabloid carried an internal probe into the tabloid's decision to reprint the pictures.

The pictures of Kate and Prince William on a private holiday in France were first printed by the French magazine Closer.

The pictures were later reproduced by several European publications, including the Irish Daily Star.

In a statement on Saturday, the paper said: "As a result of the publication on September 15, 2012, issues arose with the shareholders of Independent Star Limited."

The statement added, "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."

Media tycoon Richard Desmond, whose Northern and Shell group co-owns the newspaper with the Irish-based Independent News and Media, had threatened to shut the Dublin operation down, according to the Irish Examiner.

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