Pippa Middleton’s lawyers are threatening the ‘Pippa Tips’ parody authors, ugh

Here are some photos of Pippa Middleton and her brother James at Wimbledon earlier this week. Blah. Her style sucks. Pippa Tip: If one enjoys tennis, one should attend Wimbledon. The #PippaTips meme began shortly after Pippa Middleton’s terrible party-planning book failed. Celebrate was a publishing disaster – Pippa got a reported $400,000-plus advance for the book, and the sales didn’t even come close to breaking even. Pippa was mostly to blame – while the book had some lovely photos, it was full of super-obvious “tips” for parties, like “fill up the ice trays if you want ice.” Plus, Pippa didn’t promote the book at all. So, a total disaster. But somehow, Pippa managed to score writing gigs with Waitrose Kitchen (a fancy Martha Stewart Living-like magazine) and Vanity Fair.

The disaster also resulted in a really funny parody Twitter account called PippaTips. It’s full of Pippa-esque gems to make your life easier. The authors of the PippaTips Twitter account also published a book, a faux guide to pregnancy in honor of Duchess Kate called What To Expect When One is Expecting: A Posh Person’s Guide To Pregnancy And Parenting. Apparently, this book was the proverbial straw that broke the Pippa’s back. She’s now trying to shut down the PippaTips authors!!

Only six months ago Pippa Middleton was said to be entirely relaxed after the emergence of Pippatips, a spoof Twitter account which gently lampooned her party planning book Celebrate — criticised for stating the ‘glaringly obvious.’

Indeed, Pippa even wrote in a magazine article that the spoof was ‘all good fun’ and joked that she might call her next book Bottoms Up, in tribute to the most admired part of her anatomy. But now it seems her mood has dramatically changed. It follows the publication earlier this month of the Pippa impersonators’ first book, What To Expect When One is Expecting: A Posh Person’s Guide To Pregnancy And Parenting.

Both the authors, Mat Morrisroe and Suzanne Azzopardi, have gone to ground amid claims that fancy privacy lawyers Harbottle & Lewis have pursued them for ‘passing off’. It is said demands may have included the pulping of the book and that the Twitter account is shut down.

With the imminent arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first baby, the book pokes gentle fun at bespoke pregnancy, with tips such as: ‘For summer pregnancies sunglasses can be a stylish way of keeping bright light from your eyes.’

And: ‘You will probably undergo lots of tests at this point. Don’t worry, though, you won’t need to revise.’

Its authors were last night unavailable. But at its launch, Morrisroe declared: ‘It is meant to be satire and a bit silly, to make people laugh, but also to poke fun in a broader sense at people in a sudden position of authority who start giving out advice like they are experts.’

Indeed, pals of Pippa tell me that the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister possesses a ‘great’ sense of humour. And, indeed, that seems borne out by the way she has handled an almost relentless spell in the limelight since Kate married Prince William two years ago.

But legal sources say someone must have had a ‘sense of humour failure’ to consider such an action.

One leading privacy barrister tells me: ‘This is not just an attack on free speech but an attack on satire which has been part of British life for 300 years. We are fast becoming like France where no one is allowed to poke fun at anyone in print.’

Last night Icon Books boss Philip Cotterell would only say: ‘We do not discuss private legal matters publicly.’ Neither Harbottle & Lewis nor its PR company returned calls.

[From The Mail]

“Pals of Pippa tell me that the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister possesses a ‘great’ sense of humour. And, indeed, that seems borne out by the way she has handled an almost relentless spell in the limelight since Kate married Prince William two years ago.” That she actively pursued and enjoyed and profited from. Kate marrying William was the best thing that ever happened to Pippa. She’s rich, she’s eligible and being pursued by rich guys, she keeps getting writing jobs even though her advice is mind-numbingly “basic”.

But yes, this lawsuit/legal threat is a terrible idea. It’s offensive on many different levels. The Pippa Tips thing was so harmless – none of it was malicious whatsoever. It didn’t even involve defamation – it was purely parody. And like all great parodies, it was firmly rooted in the reality of the situation. Pippa Tip: If one wants to avoid being teased about being an idiot, stop taking nepotistic jobs where your lack of expertise is on full display.

By the way, James Middleton (brother to Kate and Pippa) has a new “girlfriend” named Donna Air. Um. Do you believe that these two are actually intimate?!

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  1. PHD Gossip says:

    Can we call Pippa “Orangina”? Or will we get a letter from the lawyers?

  2. Faye says:

    If she had any idea about what good P.R. is, she would laugh about it publicly. That would show her to have a good sense of humor, and might actually make people like her. As it is, going after some satirists who are hurting nobody is just stupid.

    Using Harbottle & Lewis – the royal family’s lawyers – is a surprising move. Does that mean the Royal Family is supporting Pippa, or is it Will’s influence? Kind of sketchy either way.

    I really want that satire book to sell more than Pippa’s book now, just out of spite :) .

  3. Anna says:

    Seriously, way to NOT have a sense of humor. I do like that blue outfit she has on @ Wimbl.

  4. Mich says:

    Somebody is getting a little too big for her britches. This is going to backfire on her.

  5. HH says:

    I think the only reason this lawsuit is coming is to prevent embarrassment. It’s almost a given the satire book will outsell Pippa’s book. I believe both Pippa and her publisher want this whole thing behind them because it’s a stain for both of them. In regards to being a good sport about her fame….. Please! She damn well better be since she seems to pursue it. She’s the upmarket Kim Kardashian.

  6. MissWilson says:

    Pippa’s make up actually looks really good in those pics. Thank god she ditched her heinous raccoon eyeliner. It did absolutely nothing for her. Her Botox looks good too.

  7. DanaG says:

    Of course Pippa would use the Royal Lawyers she probably sees herself as Royal. Talk about no sense of humour but then it goes with her demeaner. She is worried it will outsell her book not that it will be hard to do. Guess she doesn’t need too much time to write her article if she is going to all these parties and wimbledon.

  8. taxi says:

    The lawsuit is the embarassment, at least until James gets caught in an indiscretion.

    Donna’s outfit is one of the worst things I’ve ever seen. Can’t they find a stylish female to accompany him?

  9. SheraCiara says:

    “…named Donna Air”? Hello! Donna Air is legitimately famous – not hugely so, but legitimately – as a TV presenter and actress.

    • Trillion says:

      Donna Air may be famous somewhere, but not in the States and I think that is where the writer is from. Can’t be too surprised by that, can you?

      • Baskingshark says:

        Just to clarify, Donna Air is an ageing z-list model/actress/gold-digger/famewhore. She was a child model, then appeared on a British kids’ soap called Byker Grove that was very popular. After that, she was part of a failed pop duo called Crush, then she kicked around for a bit going to parties before embarking on a new career as a piece of arm candy by hooking up with an aristo millionaire called Damien Aspinall. They had a daughter and courted publicity for a few years, then split up.

        After a few low-key reality TV appearances, now it seems the indomitable Donna has bounced back yet again in her latest role as Cupcake Middleton’s older-woman beard/band-aid for his mommy issues! You go Donna! And we all hope this is as lucrative for you as popping out Aspinall’s kid was!

  10. Simply Red says:

    I like ensemble that woman is wearing, the walking with JM..,

    As for Pippa find another business venture that Ur actually good at if U want to put Ur name out there

  11. TG says:

    I have never heard of the twitter acount or the book but was laughing hysterically reading this article about the situation. I will definitely be buying their book no one does humor better than the Brits, especially when they are making fun of someone. If anyone likes chick lit and loves to laugh Wendy Holden has a bunch of books that poke fun at celebs and aristocrats and I am talking about laughing so much you end up crying.

  12. LAK says:

    I bought this book when it was first published a few weeks ago. It’s hysterical. I hope they continue publishing it. Sample gem:

    “If you are trying to decide whether or not you want a child, ask yourself,’Do i want a child?’ if the answer is yes, have one!”

    I was given ‘Celebrate’ as a joke Christmas present, it is unintentionally funny. sample gem:

    “Turkeys are quite large and therefore useful for feeding a lot of people at Christmas.”

    On a different note, i always think that James looks like a perfect cross between William and Kate.

  13. The Original Mia says:

    Someone thinks they are more important than they are. Whole family needs to take a seat & cease with the social climbing.

  14. Joy says:

    She’s in the spotlight because she LOVES IT.

  15. bob says:

    I’m just waiting for the Pippastips people to get Ian Hislop’s lawyers.

    If it does go to court she’s going to get an absolute ribbing, especially after all the superinjuction malarkey with Ryan Giggs.

  16. JonahT says:

    Oh no… can you imagine James Middleton being your stepfather?? Donna Air has at least one child as far as I remember. YIKES.

  17. Leen says:

    Ugh, I don’t really care for Pippa and find her amusing at times, but this made her seriously dislike her.

  18. Garvels says:

    Is the satire book available on Amazon?

  19. Apsutter says:

    It’s called a parody, bitch. They’re protected by law and this just makes her look totally humorless.

  20. heidi says:

    But her face is so well structured and attractive

  21. bluhare says:

    Look at the photos of Pippa at Wimbledon. Is she wearing (gasp!) a wiglet?

    • FLORC says:

      Ohhh Tough call! I have a theory… For Pippa at least. On her head her ears are set back a bit further so when she swipes her hair behind her ear it separates and looks like and unnatural blend with the rest of her hair. I also think she has a little hair help happening and it doesn’t always blend well anyways. Strands clump like it’s fake/oily when the wind catches it.

    • LAK says:

      It looks like it, but her hair doesn’t look thicker or longer. Texture seems the same all over, but that could be a very good hairdresser. Would have to see it at a different angle.

    • bluhare says:

      FLORC/LAK: I’m going to go out on a limb and say it’s a wiglet. Look at the part in her hair. In the front it’s wide, in the back it’s not. I think her hair is thinning from all the stress of writing bad columns and being laughed at. Poor Pips.

      Pippatip: When one takes on the bull, one might get the horn.

  22. Sachi says:

    Her face is looking mighty tweaked nowadays. She looks pinched and bloated. Probably getting some botox and cheek fillers in an attempt to look younger.

    As for the threat to the authors of PippaTips, Pippa and her lawyers can piss off.

    Using the royal family’s lawyers is just another attempt to show the public that they are an important family now and the peasants better be careful. They have their signet rings and coat of arms, after all. They are to be feared! :D

    Does anyone still believe that this family just wants to live private lives and they want to be left alone?

    They throw their names out there at every opportunity, take jobs that they’re not qualified for and only got via Kate’s coattails, and they show up to the biggest media events whenever they get the chance to put their names on the headlines. It’s Wimbledon they’ve been frequenting for the past two years when they were no-shows in the past.

    But oh, no. You can’t make fun of them, their lifestyle, or their pretentiousness because they’re now connected to royalty. LOL.

    • bluhare says:

      Seriously, I always thought they were social climbers, but harmless ones and would be really happy once Kate bagged the trophy. I guess I was wrong. They’re as bad as any backstabbing Tudor family.

      • Sachi says:

        bluhare, you just gotta wonder what else they’d come up with over the years.

        This family is ruthless. I don’t think they’re the “We’ll support you whatever you want to do, kids!”-type of family. That’s the image they’ve been selling for years, that they’re a normal, ordinary family, but behind the scenes Carole Middleton seems like a cold-blooded social climber who wouldn’t settle for less than an aristocratic title.

        Carole might even out-push Princess Pushy!!!

      • bluhare says:

        Sachi: Might outpush Pushy? I think they already have. This is all making me think they really are serious about nailing down an earldom. No lord and lady of the manor for them!

      • LAK says:

        Isn’t it amazing that Camilla’s kids are hardly in the spotlight?!

        They are much closer to the throne than the Middletons, but we hardly hear from them except for very specific reasons, and they have never outworn their welcome.

      • Sachi says:

        bluhare – I wonder if Carole and Pushy have met? ;)

        Everything they’ve done since Kate’s Uni days points to wanting to be recognized as aristocrats and nobles.

        But for all the stories of William’s friends making fun of the Midds, why did Kate and her family insist on getting into that group? It seems like Pippa is the only one accepted/tolerated, so it sounds like they must have endured a lot of hurtful comments and mockery over the years.

        Even though Kate is now an HRH and about to give birth to the future monarch, I doubt it’s made it easier for them to be accepted into those circles. I don’t think Kate actually has friends of her own in the aristocracy unlike Pippa who truly has a social network of aristos.

        LAK – Even Sophie’s parents are not in the media. They attend some events but they’re not pushing themselves into the spotlight. Ditto Autumn Phillips. Aside from the wedding photos being sold to Hello!, she’s not out there putting her face and name in the media.

      • bluhare says:

        Sachi: I’d pay money to see Carole and Pushy go at it. Pushy would win in a landslide.

      • FLORC says:

        You know the piece of history that makes me think Carole is in this for her and not her children’s happiness is she never supported kate outright leaving will. The cheating, public humiliation, openly making fun of her family, and no remorse. What kind of mom wouldn’t tell her daughter to just leave a guy like that and learn to respect herself enough to avoid those men?
        Even the DM articles and posters are turning against the midds.

      • LAK says:

        i’d pay for a match between Pushy and Carole, but i think Carole would win this one.

        Pushy was already an aristocrat, so the most trauma she suffered was her husband having to give up his rights as a result of marrying her. Carole, on the otherhand, has pulled herself up from council flat….that takes alot of ambition and determination. She would wipe the floor with Pushy.

      • bluhare says:

        Not so sure I agree, LAK. Don’t count that Nazi background out. She got past that; Carole Middleton has just had to get past coal miners.

        FLORC: You’re right about that; what got me about Carole was that she had a photo of William as her cell phone wallpaper, not Kate. Never take your eye off that prize!

      • LAK says:

        i’d still put money on Carole.

        Pushy, despite the Nazi background, is a born aristocrat. That forgives all sorts of unfortunate relatives and eases the upward climb somewhat. Look how far Philip reached despite his Nazi in laws/mad relatives etc

        Carole had coal miners, social etiquette, lack of social connections AND money to navigate.

      • bluhare says:

        LAK: I do see your point re Carole. Tenacious indeed. I’m still not ready to count Pushy out, though. The face she’d lose is more than Carole would.

  23. Raquel says:

    Good grief, Pippa…you can’t sue people for defamation when you really are that stupid.

    I mean, you can’t even fight a PR war when you have a limitless supply of money and journalists who will pretend that you are anything but a desperate little sister trying to ride the coattails of her elder sister’s marriage. If someone pisses you off–don’t advertise for them. I’ve never heard of Pippa Tips or this book, but it sounds funny, and I will have to check it out.

  24. Ag says:

    Pippa Tip #4,378,915 – if you wish to file a law suit, it would behoove you to ask your parents for money to hire an attorney.

  25. Cricket says:

    Maybe Carole will have Orangina trade mark “pippatips” and launch a new line at party pieces?

  26. lucy2 says:

    All this makes me want to do is support Pippatips.

    She chose to accept the advance, “write” the book, and get all the publicity from it – with that comes a public reaction and sometimes parody – especially if the end result is as incredibly lame as hers was.

    • LAK says:

      i’ve seen parodies of serious and or very commercially successful authors who simply took it all on the chin eg Harry Potter [parody name Barry Trotter]

      This is so idiotic of her.

    • Thinker says:

      Exactly! By putting herself out there as a “writer” with published work, she’s putting herself out as a public figure and expert.

      Which is where her legal argument becomes “passing off” – she technically is admitting that she profits off of her celebrity, and that because her identity is her source of income, the publishers of PippaTips are causing her damage by using her identity – ie. “passing off” as Pippa – and profiting because of her fame without her consent and without compensation.

      Humorously, this is the same argument Kim Kardashian used when Old Navy hired her doppelgänger for parody commercials.

    • bluhare says:

      I must go get the book before Pippa gets it pulled.

  27. s says:

    It’s a pity the whole middleton family is so vulgar. They really do cast a bad light on kate and the royal family.

  28. ghoulish_moose says:

    My gaydar goes off whenever I see James Middleton.

  29. TheWendyNerd says:

    Pippa Tip: If you publish a book that has tips like “put things in drawers” and “put water in ice trays to make ice” and get paid a huge amount of money for it, people might find that ridiculous

    Pippa Tip: When people find something silly or ridiculous, that makes them want to mock it

    Pippa Tip: one way to mock something ridiculous is to parody/satire it

    Pippa Tip: Sometimes, funny things are funny and harmless.

    Pippa Tip: Sometimes, people make fun of others, especially if they are a public figures

    Pippa Tip: When you profit off your fame/your family’s fame and promote yourself, inviting public attention, you may become a public figure

    Pippa Tip: If you want to make sure no one thinks you have no sense whatsoever, let alone a sense of humor, sue someone for parodying you

    Pippa Tip: If you wish to pursue legal action, employing a lawyer is frequently helpful

    Tip for Pippa: Satire and parody is a protected form of free speech that is honored in most developed nations. Satire/Parody and Social Commentary are major hallmarks of the much lauded genre of “British humor”, stemming from numerous British comedy masters such as
    Chaplin, Monty Python, Fry, Laurie, Atkinson, Elton, Tate, etc. Being a sue-happy weiner is not. Lawsuits are for theft, serious injury, libel, etc, things that people actually need protection from and isn’t an outlined, protected form of speech by your country’s constitution. Engaging in a frivolous lawsuit because someone has made fun of you only invites more mockery, rather than quelling it.

    Tip for Pippa: Lawsuits like this only bring more exposure to the satirists. For instance, reading this article has prompted me to buy this book on Nook.

  30. Thinker says:

    Impossible to give Kate the benefit of the doubt in so many respects when her family turns up on the scene. Always decked in the latest atrocious fashions, always on weekdays when normal people are at work, always claiming a royal privilege (The Queen’s Box at Ascot & Wimbledon) but never a true accomplishment among them. They’re still milking from Mike & Carole’s Party Pieces. (Although, I will say since she’s become an “author” Pippa’s clothes and beauty treatments have gotten noticeably more expensive; read Botox straight into the sun-creased brow)

    All of this would be alright, except the Middleton’s just moved into a very pricey new pile in Berkshire. Rumor has it Will helped. Will & Kate, the least productive members of the royal family, the most spoilt, the most expensive to the taxpayer. And with Kate, you get her awful siblings. It’s like the Chav genes got stronger with each successive birth.

    • bluhare says:

      Thinker, so do you suppose the baby will be christened in a track suit?

      • Thinker says:

        No, these royals are late bloomers in terms of developing their own personalities. Kate’s kids will be a reflection of her and, to the extent of his involvement in family life, William. However, they will define Kate and Kate will define them more because, as everyone is always fond of reminding her, this is literally the only job she’s ever had.

        However, the latent Middleton Chav gene should probably be expected to make a public appearance around the same time as the Windsor baldness sets in. The appearance of either gene is directly related to whether the Spencer Ginger gene which delays the baldness and instills a sense of humor has presented itself in the child. Its impossible to know which genes will be dominant until the little of lad or lass hits those personality defining PG13 years. Nudity expected.

      • bluhare says:

        Thinker: I bow to your incisive analysis. I’m going to miss that little lace trimmed track suit now.

      • FLORC says:

        Well thought out Thinker.
        We shall see what happens… Will the Middletons really get their way and raise the child more than the nannies? Will the child live with Kate at her parents home once the first few months are done? Will William tell all care takers to not discipline his child no matter what? All these things could lead to a bratty heir. Only time will tell I guess.

  31. Reece says:

    Despite the obvious(family, social climbling, etc), I was always kinda rooting for Pippa. She’s not teh favorite daughter. But this makes her humorless and full of herself. I’d buy the book out of spite even if I have to pay the import tax from the UK.

    PS. Someone needs to look up “The Streisand Effect”…I certainly didn’t know about this book til now.

  32. Alexandra says:

    Her brother is gay right?

    • FLORC says:

      He is not. He strikes me more as an odd type of A-sexual guy, but very much into women…

      • taxi says:

        There are nude photos of him at a stag party with everyone wearing Playboy bunny style collars & ties. I saw another set at a smaller party where they were just nude or thonged.

        Most straight guys can party with their clothes on.

      • Sachi says:

        taxi – I think there are also photos of him in a French maid uniform.

        Don’t know what it says about his sexual orientation, but the parties the Middleton kids went to were either really wild and creepy or really fun.

      • Leen says:

        That doesn’t make him ‘gay’. Brits have a huge thing for fancy dress, and often boys cross dress for kicks and laughs. When I was in uni in England, I can honestly say that on a typical weeknight (and Saturday) I would see throngs of students dressed in fancy dress, sometimes I’d see men dressed like women, nuns, grandmas, playbunnys, what have you. It is not a reflection on their orientation and I don’t think anyone would understand it unless you lived in that culture and mentality. I thought it was a bit strange at first, but honestly it’s funny and entertaining.

  33. Crumpets & Crotchshots says:

    Poppa *needs* to be ridiculed, and needs it desperately to the point where it hurts. In fact I am thinking about providing this as a new service for the posh: for $120 an hour, I will mock you 50 minutes. It’s like Rolfing for the soul: studies have proven that regular… No, weekly….. No, twice weekly… ridicule sessions increase flexibility, break up adhesions, and dissolve the calcified tendency to take oneself too seriously.

  34. Dena says:

    Using Harbottle & Lewis – the royal family’s lawyers – is meant to intimidate. It implies that she has the weight of the royal family on her side.

    Also, she is trying to build an upscale brand (she is the product). Pippatips and the like are bad for business and the for brand. That’s my take on it.

  35. Jade says:

    Why is she even relevant? Her ass is normal.

  36. Aurelia says:

    Her bro looks mega gay. Spec when his shirt is open. Can’t belive her parents P.R firm paid British G.Q to print a 3 page article about how HETRO James was and how many phillies he has in tow. He really lives in the Chelsea flat Mike and Cazza over extented themselves to buy with his boyfriend. Oh, flatmate sorry. Ha ha.

    As an aside, I saw a photo of kate from her uni years looking a bit chubby, sculking along the road coming back from the supermarket. She was wearing a chav tracksuit and sneakers and honest to god she was walking past a council estate at the time she was snapped! I thought she actually looked very at home. Nothing posh about this chick.

  37. Trillion says:

    In her Vanity Fair piece, she actually alludes to her butt being famous. Yeesh.

  38. Bridget says:

    At this point I’m skeptical Pippa will ever bag the titled husband she’s been hunting for, as she’s overplayed her hand. The ‘right’ kind of family isn’t going to approve of her, and I just can’t imagine that she has much social capital left, no matter who her sister is married to. But is it weird that I totally want to know HOW she got to this point? Right around The Wedding she had a wealthy, schmancy boyfriend who was supposedly on the verge of proposing, then of course she tried to make herself a ‘thing’.

    And why do I even want to know more about this boring girl?

  39. Suze says:

    Honestly, to me, the thing about all Middletons (and I included the ex-Middleton-now-royal Kate) is that not one of them seems comfortable in their own skin.

    Well, maybe the dad.

    But the rest of them just seem to be trying so hard all the time, and looking uncomfortable while doing it.

  40. Maum says:

    Have you noticed in 90% of the candids she’s always looking at the camera?
    It’s so obvious.
    Look at last weekend’s wedding pictures. All the guests are doing their own thing and walking to and back from the church. Pippa’s looking at the photographers.