April 16th, 2012
01:55 PM ET

Photo shows Pippa Middleton with man apparently wielding gun

A photo of Pippa Middleton showing her in a car with a man wielding what appears to be a gun in France is causing an uproar after its publication in the UK newspaper The Sun.

Paparazzi were taking pictures of Prince William's sister-in-law, who was in the passenger seat of a black Audi convertible as she was headed to a train station in Paris. The driver of the car wielded a gun, apparently pointing it in the air and then toward a photographer, who was following them and captured the shot, according to The Sun. It is unclear whether the gun was real or fake.

CNN's Matthew Chance reported he spoke to lawyers who said while it is unlikely that Middleton would face any charges unless it could be proved she encouraged the driver to point the gun on public streets, the driver could face charges of threatening with a firearm if French authorities wanted to do so.

The photographer who snapped the shot was "considering his options" about a formal police complaint, The Sun reported.

Middleton is the sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who married Prince William last year. William is second in line to the British throne behind his father, Prince Charles.

Buckingham Palace told Chance it would not comment on the photo because  Middleton is not a member of the royal family.

The photo is causing a stir, in part because there have been problems with gun violence in France recently, including an attack last month that killed seven people, including four children.

The incident took place while security was being heightened ahead of France's presidential election.

soundoff (279 Responses)
  1. The Woof

    Here's a perfect example of truly a nobody getting famous thanks to the media! Where were you guys before her sister married the Prince? Give me a freaking break!!

    April 17, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Robert

    Why do we even care? I've seen this on the highways in Minnesota, let alone California. Ok, it's now in Paris, and she's the sister of someone. How does that even rate as news?

    April 17, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. LOL

    LOL, those silly Brits.

    April 17, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Frank Tyler

    Not very clever its like giving the green light to others who maybe would use the weapon excuse ! She should choose the right friends not wanna be 007 s

    April 17, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. extraclass

    Where is the picture showing the gun? Another lame news item without the picture. Come on CNN You are as lame as Yahoo News!

    April 17, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bill Cosby

    I blame the camera.

    April 18, 2012 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  7. Larry

    They way the paparazzi acts, would be a bad thing if a few got shot?

    April 18, 2012 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
  8. richdix

    Ugh! Castle trash!

    April 18, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Prediction

    I predict there will be a serious accident in a tunnel trapping a large number of paparazzi.

    April 18, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
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