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. Squiggmon

    Obviously a dumb thing for the driver to do, but why would a passenger be charged? She wasn't brandishing a pistol.

    April 17, 2012 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Good

      Great idea. We need a few of these animals shot as a lesson.

      April 17, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Jaggersden

      It's the French way of gun gontrol (?) if it happened on a bus, haul everybody to jail.

      April 17, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. Neil

    Why is this news?
    Pipa passed gas....news at 11......

    April 17, 2012 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jay Miller

    I do not feel one bit sorry for the photographer whose sole job is to stalk people hoping to catch a photo some rag will pay big money to distribute. Drive through some urban high crime area and see if CNN cares much about the fact a gun got waved at you. Pippa and any entourage are human beings who just happen to have captured some people's fascination. Too bad we can't have some sort of open day hunting season for paparazzi (hmm...a real life Hunger Games scenario with fleeing for their life paparazzi...now THAT'S photo worthy!).

    April 17, 2012 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. Rizegnrom

    Don't mess with Pippa!

    April 17, 2012 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. Khloe Kardasian

    oh I just love pipa and this picture........priceless!

    April 17, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. Buk Lau

    Obviously, the editors at CNN are scared of guns, but not all of us are babies and care about nonsense like this.

    April 17, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. 2tor

    Neeeever heard of her, till this article. I guess it matters to someone, her mom maybe?

    April 17, 2012 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  8. doughnuts

    FTA: "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."

    Was Pippa's driver Muslim? No? Then there's no problem.

    April 17, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. Bob

    Whats sad about this is pipa does not get a bodyguard from the cheap royal family. She's out there on her own. The paparazzi are just looking for a story and the million dollar shot. Looks like they got one. Just sad what this world is focused on. Leave the girl alone.

    April 17, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  10. Coop

    How strange.

    This happens to me every morning in Texas while driving to work on the highway.

    ...usually I just wave back 🙂

    April 17, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Josh in Austin

      Oh ya, that was you? Hows it going?

      April 17, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • StlMelz

      HeHeHe... 😉

      April 17, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. Smako

    Seems like the press is making more of this than the French police, the royal family and the paparatz that took the photo. The press in the "God Guns and Guts" nation of America has the royal sister in law being arrested for "accessory to fooling around."
    The press in America is experiencing a conflict here, they think the First Amendment means you can jump on the hood of a car and take a photo of someones underwear, but they have trouble defining the Second Amendment with the same liberality.
    If the Second Amendment was protected like the first, you would find silencers "FREE INSIDE" your Lucky Charms box.

    April 17, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  12. lookalikeaguy

    she looks like a dude

    April 17, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  13. Lars Babaganoosh

    Maybe now she can do that bikini shoot for Guns'N'Ammo magazine.

    Or just release the s3x tape we all know she is going to end up on. Either way, it's a win.

    April 17, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  14. Phil

    OMG a gun!!! You know those pansy cheese eating surrender monkeys just wet their pants over that.

    April 17, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • sargesgiftshop

      plus everyone at CNN, don't forget those candy asses Phil 🙂

      April 17, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  15. vertabreaker

    Who cares? Really.

    April 17, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
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