Did Duchess Kate ask Pippa Middleton to ‘tone down’ her fame-seeking behavior?

Here are some photos of Pippa Middleton and her mother Carole from a few weeks ago. I just never got around to publishing them, so enjoy. They were watching a tennis match at the Queen’s Club on June 17th. Pippa seemed to be hamming it up for the cameras, which is pretty usual these days. Pippa enjoyed her first flush of attention after the wedding, then she got called out for being a famewhore and then she stopped with the daily pap stroll, but now it seems that she’s back to enjoying the attention whenever she gets it.

She especially loves being photographed at tennis games because she’s trying to make “professional tennis watcher” part of her branding now. She wrote a Vanity Fair article about Wimbledon and now she’s written a column (“diary”) of day-drinking during Wimbledon for The Spectator. You can read the piece here – I had convinced myself that this was a parody, much like PippaTips, but everyone is treating it like it’s real so OMG. Pippa really is that vapid, I guess?

All of which brings me to my point: is Pippa overexposed? Does she need to tone it down? Duchess Kate (allegedly) thinks so. And so does the rest of the royal family…?

As the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister, she is guaranteed a place on every guest list in town. But Pippa Middleton has been quietly asked by Kate and Prince William to scale back her public appearances, The Mail on Sunday has learned. The 29-year-old is being encouraged to lower her profile amid concerns that she is leaving herself open to criticism.

Last week, she was seen in Wimbledon’s Royal Box and at Sir David Frost’s annual summer party, where she mingled with guests including Stephen Fry, Sir Elton John and Sir Bruce Forsyth. She has also written for this week’s edition of The Spectator, is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and has a monthly column in Waitrose Food Illustrated.

But friends of Prince Harry have now revealed that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are advising caution.

The friend said: ‘Pippa has been asked to tone it down. Kate and William didn’t want her to write her party planning book Celebrate, let alone a regular column in various magazines. They have spoken to her about this.’

Pippa has since tried to cut back on the number of public events she attends. A friend said: ‘She’s been strategically scaling down the amount of times she is pictured at launches, especially clothing launches. She is trying her best to avoid the cameras where she can.’

Two weeks ago, Pippa also reportedly pulled out of playing a charity tennis game at The Queen’s Club after being put under pressure by the Palace.

In some matters, however, Pippa is determined to remain independent.

It is understood she has left the Richard Ward Salon used by her sister and mother Carole. She is instead having her hair cut at Rossano Ferretti, which has an upstairs VIP lounge in Mayfair. Her Italian stylist, Pol Garcia, charges around £260 for a cut and blow dry. The salon’s other clients include the model Poppy Delevingne and Amanda Ferry, wife of rock star Bryan.

[From The Mail]

Well, Pippa doesn’t seem as overexposed these days as she did just after the wedding, when every newspaper was trying to make her “happen” as a legit celebrity. I feel like I can go a week or two without hearing anything about Pippa, but then again, I’m in America and I don’t normally pay attention to Pippa unless we have photos of her or she’s done something really egregious, like threatening innocent and harmless parody authors with a lawsuit for daring to tease her inanities. But now we know – she was probably day-drinking! As for Will and Kate being the ones to ask Pippa to tone it down… well, that was a long time coming. They should have told her to tone it down after she was photographed in France with gun-wielding douchebags.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. chalkdustgirl says:


  2. Eleonor says:

    Someone should tell her to tone down her fake tan.

    • akivasha says:

      so true, ages her way too much

      • MMTMB says:

        +2 ugh. She is NOT aging well.

      • FLORC says:

        None of the Middleton women age well. Kate had a lot a surgery to defy aging like her mother and sister. I would say she was naturally the prettier one, but then she messed with her face. the face and body truly do age better without being augmented. When adjustments are made it looks weird and slightly unnatural as women age.

    • Barhey says:

      I think she real tans too, not just a fake bake. Her skin is pretty rough.

  3. Shelley says:

    I cannot stand Pippa’s face and beady eyes. I see she gets it from her mother. Kate really got off lucky. She is at least pretty and has the nice legs.

    • Chichai says:

      She reminds me of a typical rich girl from 90s movies, not that attractive, expensive clothes that look like they came from a uniform catalogue and the smirk on their face.

  4. Anaya says:

    Pippa is a little too in your face sometimes but I don’t think that’s all her fault since I think the British media plays a part in helping keep her name in the papers.

    About Pippa Tips. Where’d she/he go??? No #PippaTip in over 2 weeks. I miss it. I guess the threats actually worked. 🙁

  5. LahdidahBaby says:

    She’s pointing with her FU finger. Poor Pippa. Now the duchess will really have a cow.

    • Dinah says:

      Not a PippApologist, but I think her index finger is also extended behind middle, or we would see it flexed. 🙂

      LOLed at the “…have a cow” comment.

    • FLORC says:


      Often you will see the Middleton women pointing at something and they always have their middle finger protruding out slightly from the index finger or both fingers are aligned together like in the photo above. This is so random and common that I have to believe it’s just unfortunate, but not intentional.

  6. GiGi says:

    So Kate feels there’s only room for one Wisteria Sister?

    It’s a bit rich, really, for the future monarchs to be telling Pippa how to act. Unless they’re going to be paying her way or bring her up with them (lol!) – the girl’s got to keep at it. She wasn’t born into the circles she’d like to move in now (i.e. that recent Percy wedding). Sad that in this day what she really needs is a titled husband to stay aloft in society… I feel like I should be writing this in 1893!

    • Chichai says:

      I wonder how Jane Austin would depict Pippa…

      • jemshoes says:

        She’s not pretty enough to be a Mary Crawford (from Mansfield Park) but she could be an Isabella Thorpe (from Northanger Abbey) or Lucy Steele (from Sense and Sensibility) — she seems as ambitious and pretentious as these characters. 🙂 If she was wild like Lydia Bennet (from Pride and Prejudice), we’d know about it by now. 🙂

    • Talie says:

      She’d do much better in America, it’s a shame she didn’t make the move last year and do the full publicity rounds for her book.

      • Angelique says:

        Eeek! Wrong on all counts. Very few Americans know who she is. Plus, we have a plethora of writers, socialites, tennis watchers and real royals (Princess Madeleine, anyone?)

    • jess says:

      I was thinking the same thing! Oh, don’t write a book, don’t get paid to do a column. Is she capable of doing anything else for money? If someone told me to turn down paying jobs but didn’t compensate me, I’d tell them to go f*ck themselves.

  7. Jayna says:

    She’s very average-looking and does nothing of substance. Why all the interest in her?

    • mwow says:

      Good question. I think the media is just excited to have another royal (by association) to follow that they’ve anointed her. But yeah, she’s extremely average.

  8. aquarius64 says:

    Pippa’s not a royal; her sister is. What is she doing in the Royal Box?Unless the queen has granted all access passes to the Middletons – or she was accompanying another member of the Royal Family – she has no business there.

    • Justme says:

      Actually plenty of non-royals are in the royal box. Only rarely is a “royal” sitting there. The people sitting around Pippa are no more royal than she is.

  9. Angela says:

    The whole “Pippa thing” was started by the Daily Mail who pushed hard in their paper promoting her as this attractive socialite. Pippa unfortunately believed the hype and decided to cash in. If she was doing all these thing before her sister got married, no one would criticise. But she has been very in your face about taking advantage. if you need proof that the public don’t care about her, watch the video of her going to the Percy wedding, one person is clapping, the crowd is silent.

  10. DanaG says:

    Pippa really isn’t very attractive and her writing sucks. She has gotten everything and made a lot of money of who her sister married. She wants her own rich husband and has always dated wealthier guys. It’s the laughing stock she has made of herself. The Royal Family would be very unhappy that Pippa has made being Kates sister a career opportunity and a way to make lot’s of money. How often do you see Sofie’s family or Anne’s husbands family doing this sort of thing?

  11. MisJes says:

    Sigh, that gauche Middleton signet ring. The desperation just wafts off of them, doesn’t it?

    • Jf says:

      Every time I see one of the Middletons wearing those little signet rings I cringe!

    • brumhildawayne says:

      The signet. UGH! And don’t you just love how she is starring into the camera in that pic.

  12. The Original Mia says:

    This assumes Kate has a spine and I don’t believe she does. She didn’t tell Pippa anything. If Pippa was told to cool it, that came from St James Palace. Not that I believe anything was said to her. Truly believe the Palace is going to let the Midds & W&K hang themselves on their own arrogance & laziness.

    • whipmyhair says:

      Nailed it!

    • FLORC says:

      I bet if William blew his lid about this Kate would most certainly have talked with Pippa about it.

      Fully agree that SJP is letting the Midds hang themselves. This all seems well orchestrated to help William should Kate need to be cut loose out of the RF. And even if Kate can lead the separate lives to avoid divorce angle her family might still become such a sore spot to the RF that it must be done.

  13. ncboudicca says:

    I actually think that’s a cute cardi/dress outfit. It would look lovely on someone with more natural looking skintone and make-up. And what’s up with that bobby pin sticking out behind her ear?

    • FLORC says:

      Wow! Sharp eyes!

      I think it’s a hair pin and not a bobby from the width or the loop at the top. She used the wrong pin and it’s sliding out. Now, what is it hold… hmm…

      • bluhare says:

        I called it, FLORC! Wiglet!

      • Thinker says:

        Ha! Caught in the act.

        Sad as it is, I don’t blame her for the wiglet, she’s always had a pitiful wispy little ponytail.

      • FLORC says:

        You Did Bluhare!
        It bothers me that hair pins and bobby pins are not used properly here. a barret would have been more fitting if she’s just trying to pin her hair to stay behind her ear for a side-swept bangs look.

        It’s not this, but it’s everything. I was such a pippa fan and then I read celebrate. And the final nail in the coffin was the law suit against the pippatips creator. I just don’t know anymore. They’re all kinda cheap.

    • bluhare says:

      The real travesty here is what Carole is wearing. I’ve yet to figure out quite what it is.

  14. Cam S says:

    I’ll never be convinced that she is the younger sister. She looks to be around 40. Too much sun perhaps?

    • inthekitchen says:

      Definitely too much sun, spray tan, smoking, drinking, partying. Also, desperation is really aging 😉

    • Thinker says:

      The pastels and Botox contribute to the overall aura of a 40something drunken divorcee. I could see Pippa as an awesome real housewives cast member.

      • bluhare says:

        I might actually watch the Real Housewives of Kensington (Chelsea?).

      • LAK says:

        The Real housewives of Kensington & Chelsea.

        That covers all the suspects in this soap opera.

  15. mena says:

    After Ascot & the Percy Wedding, I’m getting the feeling that The Middletons have become Persona Non Gratis among the Aristo set.

    To my cynical self, it sounds like this story is just a pre-emptive PR move to come up with a sympathetic reason for why Pippa will not be seen at some upcoming events.

    I mean, she has pimped herself out so much that it’s just understood that Pippa will attend every snooty tooty event in the UK. If she suddenly stops going, tabloid readers are going to ask why. “Because Kate told her not to go…” sounds a lot better than “Because nobody invited her…”.

  16. Bridget says:

    Alright, what are the odds that Pippa can actually lamd herself a titled husband?

    • GiGi says:

      I think quite good, really.

      She has money – something a lot of titles don’t have enough of – upkeep of those homes/that lifestyle is tremendously draining. I think she’ll marry a high title who might be anxious for an infusion!

      • Angelic 20 says:

        I disagree, aristocrats are very rich especially the hire. It’s just that their wealth is not very liquid. Plus they are very discrete. I think she really had great chances of marrying a title before the wedding but ever since the wedding she has shown her money grabbing, fame whoring, greedy self which will never go well with an old established aristocratic family. I can bet my house that now she will never get a titled husband, maybe a second wife to an aristo but never the first one IMO. She is not even rich on her own, she got less then half a million for her book and that not much in the circle she moves in.

      • bluhare says:

        Didn’t the family of the boyfriend at the royal wedding dislike her because of her famewhoring ways? And he dumped her.

      • FLORC says:

        That’s right! Although, I have nothing to support this, but many rumors from various sources his family ended it because she was beneath them and was kind of “common”. I love that word now. It’s such a cute insult.

      • bluhare says:

        FLORC, I’d forgotten all about “common” as an insult until I started to read some hate kate blogs and the “common” and “breeding” comments about made me throw up.

      • FLORC says:

        Some of those were the worst Bluhare
        I really felt for Kate thinking she truly loved Will and he truly cared for her. And to have your country only insult you as being inferior to carry your husbands child was pretty bad.
        After I learned the full extent of what Kate was treated like via William and his acquaintances she should have left. He clearly treated her so poorly on top of her child with him would not be hers, but the crown’s makes me sick about the whole thing. No wonder every one else refused William. They were smart…

      • bluhare says:

        You are kinder than I am, FLORC. I’m with you all the way until poor Kate and her child who is not her own part. Kate knew that going in.

        Other than that, yep, I was right with you. Until I read some things, and realized that she was a pretty willing player in it all and, in fact, may well have checkmated William at his own game.

      • FLORC says:

        If Kate really knew that the crown would trump her parental rights fully I think Carol would have short circuited! I almost believe Kate only thought she would be taken care of financially forever and would please her family if she married William. A small part of me thinks she loves him in a dependent way. Not an equal love and respect way.

        And I just can’t believe Kate really knew what she was truly signing on for. I think her intelligence is extremely limited and she’s been so dependent on others for her survival in life she would never think of someone doing a job for her as a bad thing. Like caring for a baby.

        I really want her to be a mother to this child, but I see Zero evidence that she will suddenly be someone that will want to care for someone else.

      • Bridget says:

        Supposedly the boyfriend at the time of the Royal Wedding was going to propose but it never materialized and I also got the feeling that Pippa wasnt about to get married at that point. She’d just had a big shot of fame and publicity and clearly wasnt going to settle down at that moment.

        Re: Kate and William: its very clear that Kate wanted to eventually marry him, but it doesnt bug me that much. He’s definitely the bad cliche of the spoiled rich boy (and his close friends are as well) but I kind of interpreted it as his ‘inner circle’ were asses to her, but that they actually did have friends in common because they ran in the same social circles. And I think there was a great deal of temptation to keep in line with those asses – not only are they one of the elite social circles in the world, but I would bet their parties and vacations rock. Prwtty tempting.

      • bluhare says:

        FLORC, I’m going to disagree regarding the parental rights thing. If someone is going to be a good social climber, then they need to know to where they are actually going. Carole knew the Queen will have ultimate say re this baby (ergo, Kate did as well) and I think this is a lot behind all the Middleton crap we’ve been hearing lately.

      • FLORC says:

        Well, If Kate knew for certain then it’s Carole that is over playing her hand here. To have Kate stay at their home for the first few months post birth is over stepping. I can only imagine William is getting a scolding for giving the green light to Kate not letting the nannies care for the newborn. And the whole security bit LAK mentioned in the other thread is crazy! Why Carole can’t move to Kate is more evidence to Kitten Mittens own theory that Carole wants security updates done to her home via tax payer funds for the security of the child.

        And this whole thing is just more evidence that William just doesn’t care for Kate past creating an heir. Why wouldn’t he say he wanted to be around his baby all the time? Her living at her parents instead of home with him is odd. And he should have left the RAF a long time ago when they went public they were being privatised. To claim he’s working during whenever she gives birth is rich! He only claims to be working when there’s something more important to be doing.

      • Sachi says:

        bluhare and FLORC – everyone who marries into the royal family must sign a pre-nup, and this includes signing away their rights to any children they may have. It’s a very difficult decision to make.

        Queen Sofia of Spain tried to run away after finding the King with one of his mistresses. She took their 3 kids with her and made it to the airport before she was stopped by police. She had to be convinced to go back and had to stay in the marriage, otherwise she wouldn’t have been able to see her kids regularly.

        Nobody who divorced a reigning royal family got full custody of their kids. The kids belong to the Crown.

        The only exception to this is Countess Alexandra, ex-princess of Denmark.

        Bridget – the parties sound pretty fun at first, but it must get boring after a while when all you see are the same people over and over again. Their social circle is very small, they all date each other (I think William and Harry had a total of 9 exes at Lady Melissa Percy’s wedding!), and they rarely socialize outside of their elite groups.

        It’s probably just me being too much of a peasant :D, but I wouldn’t waste my time on those people the minute they mock my parents the way William’s friends did with Kate’s. It takes thick skin and shedding your pride and dignity to keep up with those kinds of people. And if the result is turning into a haughty a**ehole like them, then no thanks.

      • bluhare says:

        Sachi: So you’re one of the peasants? 😉

      • FLORC says:

        Thanks Sachi

        If having a little self respect is a peasant quality then I’m one for life. I can only imagine with the megalomaniac attitude William gives off at times that he may have never even loved Kate. That whole circle sounds awful.

        Speaking from an analytical perspective I wonder how this will all play out with the child in their lives. Kate will soon fulfill her “job” requirement and she and Will will live even more obvious separate lives, but I suspect Kate will keep the baby at her parents as long as she can get away with it. The minute someone puts their foot down and takes that baby out of Carole’s reach pro Middleton/great grandparent stories will be leaked like crazy.

    • Anmelt says:

      She used to be quite good at landing titled boyfriends (sons of Duke’s etc) when she was younger, I remember reading that she was always popular with the boys as she is very extroverted and bubbly while Kate seems a bit shy. I guess things have changed now she done some embarassing things…

      • Justme says:

        In reality, Pippa has never had a titled boyfriend. Rich – oh yes, and aristocratic, yes again – but not titled. The “Duke’s sons” were her flatmates,not boyfriends. One of them, George, Earl Percy (his sister got married last week) has been seen with her on many occasions, but they remain just friends.

      • Flower says:

        George Percy did have a title when he ‘dated’ the Pip, as the heir of The Duke of Northumberland he has held a secondary title of the Dukedom, Earl Percy since 1996. If Pippa had married him she would have become Countess Percy immediately upon her marriage.

        he has wise parents they managed to have his inheritance rights of 250,000k pa extended to 2009 (when he turned 25) to avoid ‘vices and pitfalls’. The family also shipped him off overseas to study to dampen the Pippa link which worked very well.

      • Justme says:

        I know that he had a title – he has had one since he was 11 years old and his father inherited the dukedom from his brother. What I meant was that the two of them never actually dated. They said so themselves back before he went off to Syria to study Arabic and they have not dated since. All their friends say they have a kind of brother/sister relationship. So she never dated a titled man. Friends yes, but not romantic.

    • QQ says:

      I Think superhigh! Thats why she always looks so Chuffed cause she knows in due course, all those blue bloods would cream themselves at being In laws with THE KING OF ENGLAND!! Whooo!! Lawd!

    • gogoGorilla says:

      I think they’ve got to be good, just because of the proximity to the royals. I assume that sort of thing is still really highly regarded among the aristos. I mean, they already have wealth and titles, so what else is there to aspire to?

      That said, Pippa can look cute when she lays off the tanning and the ridiculous makeup. I think she is playing the odds right now, hoping to get as high a husband as she can, but she is going to have to settle on someone sooner or later.

      I can’t believe I cared enough to write this comment, LOL.

    • LAK says:

      Using proximity to the royal family as bait doesn’t work with British Aristos since they don’t really rate the Royal family in wealth, titles and bloodlines.

      Pippa is better off targeting wealthy but non aristo men simply because they will understand her type of up tradeyness, and probably appreciate it too. And they will enjoy the proximity as much as she does.

      If she’s really determined to land an aristo title, she’s better off targeting the 2nd sons rather than the heirs. Yes, it will be a lesser title, but the families are more forgiving of brides the other sons bring home. Who knows, the heir may die and she may end up being a duchess as happened with the Percys.

      • Dena says:

        Pippa is better off targeting wealthy but non aristo men simply because they will understand her type of up tradeyness, and probably appreciate it too. And they will enjoy the proximity as much as she does.

        Totally agree. And if not a 2nd son then a hedge fund manager, which would allow her more freedom of movement and association.

  17. Simply Red says:

    She is attractive in her own way, I know she isn’t Kate but the woman shouldn’t stop leaving her life. Kate married a royal but I do understand the Queen’s rules/policy as for image aspect of things

  18. HH says:

    Carole’s features are severe; Pippa’s features are hard; and Kate has softer, but still plain features. Not one of the 3 have chosen to help themselves by learning decent makeup application. As for Pips, well, it’s clear she bought into her own hype, but I actually don’t have problem with her writing columns. I just don’t like the idea of her writing books. Pippa’s degree was English and she wrote/is writing the Party Times online newsletter for her parents’ company. People who major in English typically either want to teach or write. Book deals should be reserved for after it has been determined people actually want to read what a person has to say. Pippa had not done enough work and interest was more on her personal life than professional. The book deal was FAR too premature. Columns, however, are a little more casual and playful, which seems to be the style of writing Pippa does best.

    • Liberty says:

      I agree. This reminds me of the auto columns that Emma Parker Bowles ( yes, Camilla’s daughter) did for Tatler magazine, though they were a bit better than this. I cannot believe I am slightly defending Pippa, but we have all seen much worse from DM “professional” journalists, and I think her stuff is supposed to be society- light. I’ve read pieces like this before. Though a book deal was ridiculous, and her plug for the book here is some pretty shameless huckstering…the apples don’t fall far from mama.

      What is more interesting to me is that she poked fun at the Pippa Tips parody in this Spectator piece, in an amused, but not outraged or wounded, way (ice comment). That would seem to preclude a sense of harm or damage, thus weakening the reason for that legal threat —making me wonder if Pippa and the Middletons see a good thing in the parody and want to scare off the writers and acquire that parody site for themselves, letting Pippa carry it on…nothing would surprise me with this lot.


      • LAK says:

        Emma is Camilla’s ex-niece-in-Law. She is the daughter of Andrew Parker Bowles’s youngest brother, Richard.

        Coincidentally, Emma’s mother is also called Camilla.

      • Liberty says:

        @ thanks, LAK! I was just thinking wait, her daughter is Laura or Tara or something so I must be wrong — was about to look it up.

      • m says:

        Her name is Laura, but her sister in law works for Tatler so it wasnt as out there as a lot of Pippas work.

  19. Rianic says:

    One word for her. EXFOLIATE

  20. cw says:

    i’m all for day-drinking.

  21. cw says:

    but not in the sun
    that’s why her skin is sooo bad
    smoking and day-drinking in the sun

    • Apsutter says:

      Does drinking in the sun age a person?

      • Liberty says:

        Alcohol dehydrates and robs the skin of nutrients…add that to sun damage and yeah, bad things happen. It is fun to do but you can see the results.

        They both look so much older than their ages, it is really astonishing, as it seems that issue would have been addressed in the Book Of Climbing. Pippa could be Cressida’s mum.

  22. Dedrie says:

    The whole world wants her to tone it down.. please you are boring, so not talented and wasting our time hoping for praise and fame.. move on, work in private and keep your status dignity straight lady..

  23. Cool Phosphorescent Shimmer says:

    Carole is looking a bit worn. Well, more than a bit, really.

    How frustrating for Pips to be known only as the sister of someone famous. Unto herself, she may have money, but she seems, to this untrained American eye, to be a bit of a laughingstock due to her silly book flop and her apparent inability to land herself a proper husband. I would think she would’ve locked something/someone down by now.

    Even as I type, I am thinking, well, maybe she doesn’t WANT a husband. Maybe she is an independent woman. And then I laugh and laugh at myself.

  24. vava says:

    That photo of Carole is great — she looks reptilian.

  25. Apsutter says:

    Oh wow…she’s such an independent trailblazer of a woman picking her own hairdresser. Ugh…vapid, shallow, vain little girl

  26. Renee says:

    What’s the difference between a “daily pap stroll” and walking in the street? Is it her fault she’s papped by stupid paps that consider her news? Should she just hide indoors doe the rest of her life? Her sister married a Prince but she is still entitled to a life and to earn a living. That said, yes I do think she’s a social climbing famewhore. 😉

  27. Jag says:

    That haircut was £260? I went into the wrong line of work. lol

    • christinne says:

      on top of it there is a hair clip coming out of her hair….terrible! if you spend that much money and time on your looks and THATs how you look is pretty awful!

  28. Raquel says:

    I would have to imagine SOME representative of the Royal Family would have to have a heart-to-heart with Pippa Middleton at some point. They have to be image conscious, and she is quite embarrassing.

  29. kg says:

    Kate was just papped at the new salon last week. So I guess all the midds switched from richard ward.

  30. Noemi says:

    “For tips to make ice, may I refer you to my book ‘Celebrate’?” TIPS TO MAKE ICE LMFAO. Girl if someone doesn’t know how to make ice they’re not gonna run out to buy a book. They’re gonna go to Google. Shut up oh my god, why did I go read her column.

  31. brumhildawayne says:

    While I am by no means a fan of Pippa, I think it’s pretty awful to tell the girl she can’t work. Keep a low profile socially? Fine. I guess I can see where they are coming from there. But telling her not to work? A little weird. Granted, she’s not a good writer, but if she is being offered work…

  32. Kelly says:

    Really unattractive, shallow people the lot of them. Not a Pippa fan but if I were her, I wouldn’t listen to what they say about toning it down.

  33. Faye says:

    If this is true, it makes me laugh. Kate and Pippa played the same game (previously, together) for years – fishing for rich, titled husbands. Kate’s bait just bit earlier, that’s all.

    I do agree that it’s going to be harder for Pippa to land a royal than it was for Kate. The Mids have gotten a lot more publicity since the Royal Wedding, and shining the spotlight on them hasn’t excatly shown them off to best advantage :).

    • FLORC says:

      A few people that knew Pippa and Kate at their Uni days blabbed how they wouldn’t talk to you or be nice unless you had a title. And how Kate was always inserting herself into William’s life. Also, a few random gossip bits on how they would mean girl, stare down or run interference to any girl trying to approach or flirt with William.

      It was a lot easier to find this 2 years ago. There were a hand full of cell phone videos and pics showing them in actions… The URL’s say webpage not found now…

      • Faye says:

        FLORC, I heard much the same thing through the Brits I know connected to those circles. The Wisteria sisters are two birds of the same grasping, social-climbing feather, so the idea of Kate scolding Pippa for continuing the game is hilarious to me.

        Also, I think Americans who are commenting that nobility would use Pippa to get close to the Royal Family don’t really understand how that works. True old nobility in England look at the Windsors as upstarts of sorts themselves.

        You know, I would have no issue with the Middletons’ origins if the girls had actually worked for a living or done something positive and charitable. It’s the mooching and laziness that get me. Well, that and the signet rings, LOL.

  34. Elise says:

    The Royal Family will have a hard time reigning this one in. Good luck to them. Wasn’t it just the beginning of last year that the Middletons managed to get an injunction against the paparazzi for taking daily photos of her? So we did not see any photos of her for two months. But now it seems fine again: what gives, Pippa? You really can’t have it both ways, and you can’t play the victim either. Also, that third photo of her is quite harsh.

    • Thinker says:

      Nail on the head! Pippa is easing her way into a public persona. By profiting off her socialite identity she’s opening the floodgates to the paparazzi and parody. Yet Pippa and the Palace insist she’s a private person. William consents to have Pippa sue with his attorneys.

      Would a private person write articles about hiding her boozing from eager photographers? Would a private person even be hired to write about being a spectator at Wimbledon?

      No. Pippa was given this job because she sits in the Queen’s Box. How is this not obvious profiteering off the royal connection?

  35. Suze says:

    The pregnancy was apparently harder on both Pippa and Carole than on Kate. Both are looking a bit rough around the edges.

    I’m betting Pips won’t land am aristocrat – they like discretion. Her best bet is to hook some wealthy businessman.

    • Mika says:

      Agreed. The best she can manage would be a wealthy businessman who fancies himself something rotten! True aristos would find her common.

  36. d says:

    I don’t believe Pippa will ever land an aristo, because she’s Not Good Enough, Not One of Them. Not that they’re any better, but I just can’t see it, what with their level of snobbery. At best, she’ll end up a trophy wife to some rich dude, a sports jock or media jock, or some fly by night business jock. MAYBE a lawyer. She has done herself a huge disservice by not developing any useful working skills or even philanthropic skills. And definitely there’s something off with her demeanour and the way she allows herself to be seen. I feel like time’s running out for her and faster than it should because she seems like she has so little to offer. I mean, who knows the real Pippa, I’m just saying that from an outsider’s perspective, there’s not much there.

    • aquarius64 says:

      Pippa would be lucky if one of these guys would choose her to be his mistress.

  37. bluhare says:

    I thought the timing of this was interesting, what with that Liz Jones assassination piece the day before . . .the one where she ripped her style to pieces. Brought new meaning to “catty”. And I agreed with her.

    Meow from bluhare

    • FLORC says:

      So I don’t hijack someone elses post i’d like to say thanks. Kitten Mittens is a friend of mine in real life and Molly frustrated the hell out of her in the other thread. So, thanks!
      I did warn her this site can get vicious.

      • bluhare says:

        Actually, FLORC, I posted that post before I knew she was your friend. 😀

        Where is Kitten Mittens anyway?

      • FLORC says:

        Haha ah. Kitten mittens works A LOT and really does work with wounded warriors as a rowing instructor. I got her hooked as a royaloonie.
        I wouldn’t be surprised if Molly scared her off for a bit. That was an intense assault.
        She shares my opinions, but is so much more articulate in stating them.

      • bluhare says:

        Oh come on, FLORC. Tell KM to put her big girl panties on and get her butt back in here! You know what they say about falling off a horse . . . . and I mean no insult to the original poster when I say that. 😉

      • Kitten Mittens says:

        Bluhare and possibly others here.

        I am glad my comments have been appreciated here. I read the article and it’s just dumb and I can’t believe it wasn’t a satire as well.
        By observation the Middleton family seems to be openly taking advantage of their association with the RF in the tackiest way. Signet Rings? Oh please. Do even those that have a coat of arms wear those? I must refer to FLORC for any info regarding Pippa. Aside from her spanks padding and the Celebrate book FLORC got me I know only a little about her. Clearly she’s a genius comedian since no one would publish a book with tid bits on how drawers are for storage and turkeys are large and feed many guests an expect to be taken seriously as a party planner. It did take a fair amount of convincing that Pippa herself was not behind “#pippatips”.

        Maybe we’ve all got her wrong?

      • bluhare says:

        Kitten Mittens: Actually, aristocrats do wear their signet rings, which is why the Middletons are getting such crap for wearing theirs. Which they could only do after a coat of arms was developed for Kate when she got married. Prince Charles wears his, as a matter of fact.

        FLORC got you Celebrate? She said you were her friend!

      • Kitten Mittens says:

        I thought the ring charles wore on his pinky was a wedding ring. After a brief search of aristo pics they’re not always wearing them for day to day activities. Pippa is.

        Friend/sister-in-law. Celebrate was a birthday gift. Now i’m trying to hunt down What To Expect When You’re Expecting. Sounds good.

    • Faye says:

      Spot on, but I don’t think Pippa will cut it ad a wife for those types. They need women who can help promote their careers through proper organized social events, philanthropic involvement, etc. And despite her family’s business, she has shown no aptitude or interest in those areas.

      • bluhare says:

        I think so too, Faye. In fact, if she wants to polish her image she needs to get on the philanthropic bandwagon toot sweet. She should have been on it all along and it says a lot about her that she hasn’t.

  38. NEENAZEE says:

    It’s hard to believe any of this is true… do Will and Kate and the Royal Machine even care what the MIddletons do? Pippa’s antics aren’t any worse than Prince Andrew dating soft-core porn star Koo Stark back in the 1980s. Chill people…

    • bluhare says:

      If they didn’t care, they wouldn’t have reined her in from promoting her book.

      • FLORC says:

        And Pippa really needed to promote her book. Yes the content of the book was awful, but promotion would have made people in the US more aware of the book. And the media here really pushed hard that we should love Kate and Pippa. It would have sold better, but she didn’t promote at the request of someone and it certainly wasn’t her or her publisher that said no.

      • LAK says:

        Koo Stark was dumped precisely because of her soft porn career. Which wasn’t a career, but one ill-advised, never repeated example as opposed to repeat offending like Carl Philip’s GF.

  39. Sachi says:

    I don’t think there’s anything wrong with Pippa trying to “work”.

    What I think is wrong is Pippa’s idea of ‘working’.

    Pippa’s jobs are not something she trained for/went to school and studied. She got them through her connections to Kate. Even when she knows she’s not an expert on cooking, she still took the job offer from Waitrose.

    Her recipes/party-planning tips are also very basic. There are other experienced cooks and writers who are actually more creative and offer exciting ideas.

    She sounds exactly like someone who has no idea what she’s doing and is only in it for the publicity and money.

    Someone like that, IMO, is neither respectable nor admirable. Taking a job you’re not qualified for is just selfish and obnoxious. She’s not the first person to benefit from her connections, but doing it shamelessly is too much for many people.

    And if she really wants to just work and live her life, then she’s free to do so. But she purposefully goes out and attends media-covered events like Wimbledon, sits in the royal box, and enjoys all the attention she gets.

    She’s not exactly living a quiet life and refusing to be sucked into the spotlight. If anything, she does everything she can in order to stay in it.

    • bluhare says:

      Spot on regarding working and writing for people who have cooks to do that sort of menial labour . . . .

  40. chalkdustgirl says:

    I think Pippa looks much better than usual, as a matter of a fact, her looks have immensely improved!! Wha…oh, I’m sorry, I thought she was the one in the striped scarf! Oopsie.

  41. Chuzpah says:

    Tone it down?? from the woman who hoisted herself to the top of the social ladder by making sure she was never out of the future kings eye for even a second.


    I hate Pippa and her tips but puuurlease Kate is the control freakery royal vagine of doom.

  42. Angelique says:

    If (when) Pippa’s writing career fails (again) she could start a fragrance line called “Unabashed”. It should sell well with the over 60 set with no talent, grace or personality.

    Please, just don’t come to America, Pippa. PLEASE!

  43. Flower says:

    I think some of the comments re the crown owning the new baby and Kate signing away her rights are a bit hysterical.

    The facts are…..that this all boils down to a statute called ‘The Grand Opinion of 1717’ which simply states that the Monarch has legal custody of their minor grandchildren.

    This came about when George I had a huge argument with his son, evicted him and his wife from the palace and kept the grandchildren. There was a real danger at the time that the son would abscond to Germany with them.

    Long story short…..the statute still stands and that is why you never heard a peep about custody of the children when Diana and Fergie divorced. However it applies only to the Monarchs grandchildren not great grandchildren. Hence the Queen will never be the legal guardian of William and Kate’s children. On the other hand when the queen dies and Charles becomes King he will automatically become the legal guardian of his grandchildren until the are legally of age.

    The statue was originally designed to prevent future monarchs from coming under the influence of foreign powers or undesirables. Great grandchildren were not factored into the law because they very rarely existed in 1717 so now there is a loop hole where, until Charles becomes King, William and Kate’s children are their sole responsibility but the second Charles becomes King he makes all the decision regarding their lives. Whether he will exercise that right is another thing entirely.

    The ‘Grand Opinion’ will probably also factor into Kate and William staying married at least until Charles is crowned because it is very unlikely the RF would allow a situation where Kate could claim prime custody of her child/children in the event of a divorce. If for some reason they do separate while the Queen is still alive I bet Kate would get a huge settlement to not seek primary custody of the children.

    • FLORC says:

      Thanks for the explanation. Even with this in place Kate will never have all that many rights to her child as the RF does. Be it a pay off or just public influence the baby isn’t hers in the same way a regular mother and child are.
      If she said she wanted them to attend a close by school and not a boarding school she’d be trumped. If a divorce happens she couldn’t get anywhere near full custody or child support.

      Kate signed away a lot of rights metaphorically when she married William. A say in her child’s life and privacy being to 2 biggest imo.
      By saying the child belongs to the crown that’s what I was getting at. Also, if a pay off was to happen so that a custody headache is avoided it would have to be HUGE! I don’t think Carole would like it if she couldn’t see her grandchild whenever she wanted. A lot of skeletons would pop out of their closet too.

      • Flower says:

        I’m sure some legal finagling ( or threat) will ensure that the children remain under the firm control of the RF. I think Carol and Michael’s secretive business dealings will be a large part of of the RF’s trump hand. There are lot of very strange anomalies there. Their current arrangement of being a partnership and not a limited company is nonsensical for a so called multi million pound business.

        The royals had a very nasty shock when Diana decided to tell all, they thought they had brokered a deal with her but Diana blind sided them with the BBC interview, they would have learnt a lot from that so I think they are now prepared for any contingency. Crossing the RF would ruin the Middleton’s socially and probably financially.

    • LAK says:

      For me, what bothers me most about how the present royal family is structured and how they behave formally/legally, is that the Queen is a passive head of it.

      I do understand that as monarch she has more important things to do, but in terms of what stands at court, she simply follows what has been put in place for centuries and only reviews it when there is a crisis of some sort.

      Every time we hear of a change, it’s because someone has complained and essentially stamped their foot. And the changes tend to be short-sighted as opposed to long range plans like the ones formulated by George V.

      Bandaid solutions to deep chasm problems.