Pippa Middleton is not a member of the royal family, but her actions directly reflect on the monarchy. Her recent involvement in a gun wielding incident will undoubtedly have a ripple effect that will reach Kate Middleton. Although Kate was nowhere near the friend who waved the gun, Pippa and Kate’s close relationship will certainly be called into question.
The entire incident is being chalked up to a “stupid joke,” but the French police will probably be investigating anyways. A spokesperson for one of the occupants in the car has stated, “It was not a real gun.” So far, that is the only person who has even commented on what really happened.
Pippa has not responded. She is probably trying to figure out the best way to handle the situation. For whatever reason, several media outlets contacted the Palace in the hopes of getting their opinion on the matter. They should have known that would be futile. As expected, the Palace officials’ response stated the Duchess of Cambridge does not speak for her sister, and the palace has nothing to do with a “private individual.”
Pippa Middleton has been thrust into a tenuous position and is clearly struggling to deal with it all. She is not a member of the royal family, but she is expected to behave like an extension of the royal family, without the perks. Will Pippa’s actions reflect badly upon Kate? Some are concerned the Queen’s Jubilee celebration will be overshadowed by this display of violence. Way to throw Pippa under the bus.
Whether the palace officials like it or not, Pippa is always going to be associated with the monarchy. It would be beneficial to them to provide her with a little security that could help prevent incidents like this.