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. pmmarion

    I don't know about the UK but brandishing a gun in the US is against the law.

    April 17, 2012 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
    • pj77

      You don't need to know about the law in the U.K. since this happened in France.

      April 17, 2012 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
    • schuyler

      She was in France, dear. Try again.

      April 17, 2012 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
    • JustEric

      I'm pretty sure in the U.K. just THINKING about guns is against the law.

      April 17, 2012 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Buzz Mann

      If you Have a permit to carry you can show your gun all you want in USA .

      April 17, 2012 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bert

    h o W d y  P i P p a

    April 17, 2012 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
    • dave

      does her bum have a permit?

      April 17, 2012 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  3. sean

    people with new much money.

    April 17, 2012 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. JoJo

    Just protecting the ho....it's a property thing.

    April 17, 2012 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. reality hater

    Who is to say the man brandishing the weapon is not a body guard , remember Diana and what the paparazzi in France. caused when she was there. a pistol being pointed at you sure interprets the whole line of thought rather quickly "Back the fu#k Up ! and leave us the hell alone " I don't think this should even be news, surely there was a reason for this weapon to be brandished, Paparazzi are bottom feeding opportunists with a hefty paycheck on the line for the right shot, no pun intended !

    April 17, 2012 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
    • dave

      YOu cannot threaten people with a gun - we are tralking about real life not your movie famntasy where everything is solved with a gun John Wayne and Clint Eastwood NEVER solved a single thing in their whole lives with a gun -- that was ACTING Dirty Harry is not real Rooster Coogburn was not real

      April 17, 2012 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son.

      @dave
      Who said anything about guns solving everything? Reality Hater is correct in his assessment and YES you CAN threaten people with a gun. Check your local laws for details. Get off your high horse your nose is starting to bleed.

      Fantasy*

      April 17, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  6. Roman

    I wonder if the photographer considered the option of finding a job that didn't involve harassing people for a living?

    April 17, 2012 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  7. Josh

    So, the problem is that Pippa was smiling at the cameras, while someone behind her displayed what appears to be a gun. Its Pippa's fault for not having eyes behind her head and seeing this.

    April 17, 2012 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son.

      Josh
      So, the problem is that Pippa was smiling at the cameras, while someone behind her displayed what appears to be a gun. Its Pippa's fault for not having eyes behind her head and seeing this.

      Remember you are trying to apply reason and logic to a group of people who otherwise have associated guns (an inanimate objects) with everything evil. No different than the fundies who blame everything on the devil. Their response is born of fear and ignorance.

      April 17, 2012 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. Josh

    Wow, Pippa has on the avg 400 pictures taken of her each day, and each of those pictures is scrutinized down to the most minute detail.

    April 17, 2012 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
  9. anna

    Some paparazzi need to be shot!

    April 17, 2012 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  10. John1Galt

    Yawn.

    April 17, 2012 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  11. Penileo

    I really don't understand why we're supposed to care about this girl so much.

    April 17, 2012 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  12. Buzz Mann

    "in part because there have been problems with gun violence in France recently"....What better reason to own a gun if there.

    April 17, 2012 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  13. mparr22

    oh the thing i would eat out of her @ss...

    April 17, 2012 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  14. David Ouellette

    Pippa has been leading the highlife since her sister Kate married the future King of England. Pippa dear, no more popping a gun at the paps. Back in the old days the Queen would have tossed you in the Tower Of London and put you on a diet of bread and water.

    April 17, 2012 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  15. smb04d

    "considering his options"

    April 17, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
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