Pippa Middleton, sister of Kate Middleton, could be arrested for being involved in a gun incident in Paris over the weekend. Could this stunt put her career as a writer and party planner in jeopardy?
According to The IBTimes, Middleton was in the front seat of an Audi convertible on Saturday along with fashion mogul Arthur de Soultrait, when the driver of the car pulled out a semi-automatic handgun at paparazzi. Pippa is seen in the pictures with the gun smirking and even smiling a little. A witness is said to have filed a formal complaint and if enough evidence is found to prosecute anyone that was in the car, including Middleton, can be summoned, arrested and interrogated. “Perhaps they were being pursued, perhaps they were angry, perhaps they were just showing off, but it certainly doesn’t look good,” Royal Correspondent Camilla Tominey told Todaythis morning. According to MSNBC, the incident has caught particular criticism, as France is reeling from thetrecent gun attacks that left seven people — four of them children — dead.
If the arrest goes through, experts expect a very negative impact on Pippa’s reputation. “Pippa has been photographed; she’s been coached on how to behave,” The Sun’s royal editor, Duncan Larcombe, said. “If she’s photographed by an unwanted freelance photographer, she smiles, she keeps her head up and she lets the lawyers doing the arguing behind the scenes. She knows much better than this. I think, in fairness to her [Pippa], it will be interesting to know whether she told this guy off after he’d done something as stupid as this or whether she thinks it was all a big joke because in the pictures, unfortunately for her, it does look as though she found the funny side of it.”
Now, we all make mistakes and it must be very tiresome and annoying to have the paparazzi on your tail constantly but it is her media exposure that has moved Pippa from sister of a princess to celebrity. The problem is she not just some actress, she is an extension of the Royal Family and this behavior does not bode well.
This isn’t the first time Pippa has been in trouble with the Royal Family. In January she wanted to throw her party a big 30th party but it ended up being cancelled in favor of something more low key. Was the party possibly cancelled because this looked like another opportunity for professional party planner Pippa to promote her career? In December, according to reports, the $600,000 party planning book deal Pippa has landed, had put sister Kate Middleton in a slightly awkward place with Queen Elizabeth. A source reveals that the Queen actually “scolded” Kate about Pippa’s book deal and that she needs to get her family “under control.” The Queen believes the monarch is about donating time to charity and giving back, not exploiting newfound fame. So they believe Pippa is trying to benefit from the fact that she is now an international celebrity.
I don’t think anyone should be upset with Pippa for trying to leverage her career but this incident could take a major toll on it.