It doesn’t look like Pippa Middleton will face an charges, after an affair coined by many as “Gungate.” However, perhaps Pippa’s run-in with the law in Paris last weekend, has given the sister of The Duchess of Cambridge a desperately needed wake up call.
A friend of Pippa’s told The Mirror: “She came back from Paris in dark glasses and terribly unhappy. She was clearly aware everything was going to blow up. It was really unfortunate it all got caught on camera and video.”
Pippa needs to realize that whether she likes it or not, she is now a highly influential figure GLOBALLY and she must act with discretion— Not only this, but all of her actions reflect back to the British royal family, which puts them in an uncomfortable situation when she makes highly publicized mistakes.
Unfortunately, Pippa does not merit any royal perks— like security or coaching for how to act in public— yet, what she does in her spare time reflects heavily on “The Firm”: “She [Pippa] poses a real quandary for Palace advisers,” a royal source told The Mail. “She is not a royal. She has no security detail, or team of advisers on hand. But at the same time she attracts this huge amount of attention.”
“While there is no official obligation to guide and protect Pippa, the Palace do feel a duty of care towards her,” continued the source. “It’s not her fault she has been thrown into the public gaze. It’s clear that she could continue to find herself in compromising and even dangerous situations.”
Pippa was seen emerging in London a few days ago for the first time since Gungate— And, while Viscount Arthur de Soultrait (whose birthday party Pippa was in Paris to attend) apologized for the incident, Pippa and the royal family have remained silent on the issue thus far.
Below, the Viscount’s statement to the media:
Last Saturday I was in a car with Philippa Middleton, and we were being followed by paparazzi, she had been subject to constant and dangerous harassment by paparazzi throughout her time in Paris. The car was being driven by a friend of mine, whom Pippa had only met a few hours before. As a joke, my friend brandished a toy pistol in their direction.”
Obviously Philippa had no idea that he was going to do that and told him to stop immediately. She did not find it funny.”
The Viscount’s brother, Marcy, also spoke to the media:
“It was a children’s toy that the driver had in his car. Pippa thought it was funny.
“It is fine in France to do that and the police are not investigating. In France there is no problem, just in England. You English think there is a problem, which is crazy.
“I have spoken with Pippa, she thinks this is all a joke and a funny game. We were just having a laugh. We are funny people, it’s what we do.”
Notice that the two statements contradict each other; while The Viscount says Pippa “did not” think that the man brandishing the gun was “funny,” his brother says she thought it was “very funny.” Interesting.