It seemed like just yesterday we were talking about how Pippa Middleton got a huge book deal and today we have gotten our first glimpse at its cover. The book, Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends, will be available in the U.S. on October 30 which is when Pippa’s status will get even bigger.
From the cover it looks like Pippa will be teaching us all sorts of things like how to make merengues and have fun on the beach. No one’s seen the inside of the book just yet, but we expect Middleton’s advice to fall in line with that of The Party Times, an online party magazine that she edits for the family’s company, Party Pieces, which is how she got the deal in the first place. Well, that, and some other reasons.
It was in December of last year that according to reports, the $600,000 party planning book deal Pippa had 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. However, unlike the Kardashians who coveted fame Pippa is famous simply because she is the sister of the woman who married the future King of England, and is very attractive. But to be mad at Pippa and say she is exploiting the Royal family and what it stands for by writing a book about party planning seems a bit extreme. She is trying to make the best out of her situation and if it helps her launch a writing career then good for her. Hillary Reinsberg, formerly of TheJaneDough.com wrote of the situation, “Pippa, as you may recall, is not married to a Prince. Instead, she’s the daughter of working parents, who’s writing a book about the industry she grew up around. At the end of the day, she may be exploiting her fame, but who isn’t? She’s making money and creating a business.”
Plus, Pippa and Kate and really the whole entire Middleton family have boosted the party planning industry already so imagine what this book can do. According to The Daily Mail, findings show that the month after their daughter married Prince William, requests for new event businesses rose by 55%. Prior to the royal wedding there had been a lull in the industry and interest had dipped by 20% during 2010. When Kate announced her engagement to Prince William last year, thousands flocked to the Middleton’s website and the number of browsers quadrupled to nearly 300,000. There was a 25-fold increase in the number of people typing the company name into the Google search engine. “The Middletons have certainly raised the profile of the industry as a whole,” said Jude Freeman from Cheltenham, who has been running a party business since September.