Uh Oh: Pippa Middleton Involved in Gun Scandal in Paris
Pippa Middleton might want to rethink her choice in friends: One of them was caught waving a gun around in Paris this weekend, leading to a whole heap of trouble for her. Uh oh…
Uh-oh, looks like there’s a royal scandal a-brewin’: According to various media outlets, Pippa Middleton was spotted in Paris this past Saturday with a bunch of friends in a car—one of whom was brandishing a gun right out in the open.
This, as you can imagine, is a problem.
UK tabloid The Sun seems to have broken the news first, and since it’s The Sun, its report describes the incident in rather sensationalist terms (“Prince William’s sexy sister-in-law,” “Pippa faces ARREST amid a gun clampdown,” etc.). According to the slightly-more-normal-sounding New York Post, however, what happened is the following: While Pippa was riding around the city in an Audi convertible with a couple of friends, the driver of the vehicle took out what appeared to be a semiautomatic weapon, waved it around, and pointed it at a photographer—who, of course, captured the moment on camera.
Click through to The Sun’s story see the picture in question (Note: While by no means graphic, it’s still a little scary-looking, so consider yourselves warned).
Obviously this would be an issue at the best of times; but to make matters worse, a recent spate of high-profile have recently rocked Paris, making it all the more shocking. Note, too, that it’s illegal in France to warn anyone off with a gun. A police source explained to Us Weekly (I know, it’s Us Weekly, but I think they’ve got an actual point this time round) that it “if someone has a license for a weapon, then it must be kept covered at all times, and away from members of the public.” Not so good.
Was the gun real? Apparently not; according to the Daily Beast, a spokesperson for Arthur de Soultrait’s fashion company (Arthur being one of the guys who was in the car) came forward as saying, “It was not a real gun, it was a stupid joke.” Even so, Pippa, along with everyone else in the car, could still face prosecution for her involvement in the incident. The Sun made sure in their report to spell out that if the gun was real, “brandishing it in a public place is punishable by up to seven years’ jail ‘for all parties involved’”; if it was fake, meanwhile, the maximum jail term would be two years. That’s not exactly a light sentence.
Maybe it’s unfair for Pippa to be shouldering all of the media attention about the incident—it’s not really her fault that she’s related by marriage to the British Royal Family—but at the same time, she should have known better. I mean, really? On what planet does it sound like a good idea to go riding around in a car with a guy brandishing a fake gun at people in public? Methinks that Pippa might want to reconsider her choice in friends.
Funny: You’d have thought that it would be Kate’s burlesque-dancing somethingth cousin somethingth removed who would have created the first Middleton family royal scandal, and not her sister. Wouldn’t you?
If Pippa gets out of this whole thing unscathed, perhaps it might be a good time for her to lie low for a while…
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.