Zara Phillips only got £150,000 from Hello! for baby Mia’s first photos: worth it?

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As we discussed on Monday, Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall debuted their six-week-old daughter on the cover of this week’s Hello! Magazine. Apparently, Mike and Zara gave up the full spread – several full-color photos and an exclusive interview with the magazine. Zara even talked about having an epidural, which I’m sure is a bit too much information for the royal family’s standards.

As I said on Monday, there was no way that Zara and Mike would have done the full Hello spread without some cash changing hands. Zara’s brother Peter sold his baby’s first photos to Hello in 2008, and at that time (the heyday of paid baby photos), those pics went for £500,000, which is what I would consider a more than generous profit, especially for a member of the royal family. But as it turns out, Zara’s baby wasn’t worth that much.

In a very un-royal move, Zara Phillips, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II and 15th in line to the throne, has sold pictures of her new baby, Mia, to Hello! magazine for a reported £150,000.

In a 13-page story, Phillips and husband Mike Tindall reveal personal details like the use of an epidural and her hopes to resume her equestrian career come September at the Burghley Horse Trials. According to sources, Buckingham Palace was not made aware of the pictures prior, and the Queen has not commented publicly.

This is sure to bring up residual family drama from when Zara’s brother, Peter, sold his wedding pictures of himself and bride Autumn Kelly to Hello! in 2008 for a reported £500,000. But then again, the deal was brokered by Sports and Entertainment Limited, where Peter is managing director, so clearly the siblings know what they are doing.

[From Vanity Fair]

That’s quite a downgrade in cash payouts, especially since I would say that more people are interested in Zara and Mike than Peter and Autumn. Zara is an Olympian medalist and Mike is a famous rugby player. Peter is… some corporate suit. How is it that Peter’s wedding photos are worth so much more?! Perhaps the discrepancy in numbers is just because the bottom dropped out on tabloids paying for first baby photos. There just doesn’t seem to be the same thirst for celebrity/baby photos as there was 2006-2008. I mean, £150,000? That’s barely worth the trouble for someone like Zara.


Photos courtesy of WENN, Hello!.

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  1. Curious Cole says:

    While life-changing for most, that sum does indeed seem like a drop in the bucket for Zara, and I am wondering why she bothered? Surely there was/is more interest in Mia than in either of Peter’s daughters?

  2. Sixer says:

    I think it’s just the decline in dead tree circulation rather than the level of interest. There’s much less money in the pot.

    Worth it? She’s rich, so she couldn’t need £150k that badly. But she doesn’t get paid from the Sovereign Grant so she can do what she likes. On a personal level, I find ALL baby celeb features icky. But that’s just me.

  3. Hope says:

    Wow. To sell out for such a small amount (relative to a member of the royal family, regardless of title) is… damn. They must need the money or the publicity. *My* money is on both. Anyone care to chime in on when Mike last dogged around on Zara or have two cents on the state of their finances?

  4. Meredith says:

    Peter’s 1st child was born in 2010 , not 2008. Was the £500,000 for wedding pictures?

  5. Meredith says:

    Peter’s 1st child was born in 2010 , not 2008. Was the £500,000 for wedding pictures? Or baby pics in 2010? And his baby was the Queen’s first great-grandchild, so it was a bigger deal IMO.

  6. Pumpkin Pie says:

    She can do whatever she wants, isn’t that cool? She is free from all those “royal” rules. She doesn’t have to ask permission for anything. Then, 150,000 is good money. The economy changed a lot since 2008.
    On another note I am so curious about the reaction of the royal family to Princess Anne’s decision to decline royal titles for her children.

  7. blue marie says:

    That hat in the bottom pic is everything.

  8. Penny says:

    She’s worth around 10 million yes? I would imagine she organizes her finances so she has a certain amount of cash released annually, so an extra $150,000 could have been a big boost to her ‘available’ funds iyswim.

  9. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    So much for doing so little.. .my spouse has cancer from being chronically over exposed to chemicals by years of fixing peoples busted crap- and he will never ever see that kind of money that is given for a baby picture even though he is a kind man who has done a lot of good for others. His boss made $$$ on his back and went for vacations and had the nerve to call his employees while in exotic locals and say ha ha. So the innocent people who get cancer makes the world seem an unfair place and people getting so much money for this seems almost galling.

    • Dame Snarkweek says:

      I am sorry for your husband’s diagnosis and what your family is going through. Life, indeed, is unfair. But I believe it does somehow even out in the end. Hang in there and show your husband and everyone else you love how much more valuable they are than all the money in the world. *hug*

  10. Murphy says:

    Peter’s pictures were worth more because there were Royal wedding guests in them

  11. Eileen says:

    Perhaps the wedding photos brought so much more in because it included photos of other members of the Royal family who weren’t pleased those photos were then sold to an outside source and published without the permission of the palace. The baby photos of this couple included only three people-Mother,Father and the newborn.

  12. Jessica says:

    The 500k for Peter was for his wedding photos (including photos of the RF that was there, including the Queen), not his baby’s photos.

  13. Flower says:

    Peters wedding pictures fetched that much because the magazine was hoping to get intimate pictures of the guests at the reception, unfortunately come wedding day they were told they were not allowed to take any photos of guests without their permission , only photographs taken of guests arriving and leaving the ceremony were carte blanche . Hello was basically stiffed by Peter and they were not happy about it.