Pippa Middleton’s wild party with strippers and dwarves before gun stunt
Strippers, studded dog-collars, heaving bosoms, fake guns, wannabe aristocrats and dwarves: this is the world of Pippa Middleton, and it threatens to drag the Royal Family into the kind of damaging scandal not seen since the days of Fergie and Diana.
The future king’s sister-in-law is expected to be questioned by French police after she was snapped smiling beside a male friend waving a gun on the streets of Paris.
Ms Middleton and three male friends were driving in an open convertible when the driver pointed what appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol at a pack of photographers in broad daylight.
Although one of the photographers chasing Ms Middleton has claimed the gun was a fake, authorities, already on high alert after recent shootings in the south of France, are investigating the incident after receiving a formal complaint.
The incident, which could land Ms Middleton in court and facing a prison sentence, comes as pictures and details emerged of the wild party she had attended the night before.
Ms Middleton was in Paris for Le Roi est Mort, Vive le Vicomte, a Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette themed evening held by her friend Vicomte de Soultrait to celebrate his 30th birthday.
Some 300 guests – the cream of high society – were at the party, which included three dwarves serving champagne and canapes and a fire-eating stripper who burst out of a birthday cake and took off her clothes to a remix of God Save the Queen.
A man dressed as a Cardinal carried a copy of the Kama Sutra sex guide, rather than a Bible and guests dressed up as pre-Revolutionary aristocrats, with the women busting out of their corsets and the men strutting around like fops.
Ms Middleton, who wore a scarlet corseted dress, posed for photographs perched next to Vicomte de Soultrait, who wore a studded dog collar and chain.
During the evening, Ms Middleton told a journalist: “I’m here to enjoy myself.” The Vicomte added: “I love decadence. Nowadays you have to make people dream.”
The pictures, which appeared on public accessible websites to promote the party, are a PR nightmare for the Royal Family, which has been successfully rebuilding its image around the popularity of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, Ms Middleton’s sister.
They are especially embarrassing for the Queen, as she prepares to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee, and will almost certainly cause tension between the royals and the Middleton family.
The Royal Family will be hoping that Ms Middleton, who has been the subject of intense tabloid interest since the Royal Wedding last year, can be persuaded to keep a lower profile.
The fear is that she will generate the sort of headlines that followed Sarah Ferguson and Diana, Princess of Wales. At the height of the two women’s marital difficulties, the tabloids ran lurid tales of infidelity and pictures of the women in unflattering circumstances.
The belief had been that Prince Harry was the wild one who would land the family in trouble but he was proved to be almost bullet-proof, shaking off stories about wild parties with ease. Even the pictures of him dressed as Nazi or the video footage of him making racist comments have largely been forgotten.