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.

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  1. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "The Lunatic Fringe"

    CNN: Photo shows Pippa Middleton with man apparently wielding gun

    JF: Photo shows Pippa Middleton with man apparently with welding gun

    April 16, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. reuben

    Zimmerman out on bail – parties with Pippa in France!

    April 16, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Charlton Heston


    The first rule of packing heat is simple. If you show it use it. There would be less complexity and lawsuits later. If he had pulled the trigger – then there could be a claim of danger to the live of Princess Pippa. And, of course the person shot would not be in any way available to file a suit.

    See down here in Florida it has taken an army of prosecutors 44 days to decide to charge one Zimmerman with the shooting of young Trayvon. Zimmerman did not threaten, he did what should always be rule numero uno: shoot first ask questions later.

    April 16, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • HZ

      Yeah, right. You must be a troll. The rule is you don't use a firearm unless you your life or somebody else's life is in danger and there's no other way. The other exception (depending on local laws) would be to protect your belongings and livelyhood so for example if you need your car to get to work every day and someone wants to take it from you you don't have to let them. No law abiding gun owner EVER looks for excuses to shoot people outside of those situations.

      April 16, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "The Lunatic Fringe"

    Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!! It sticks!

    April 16, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dudeman39

    Seems fake to me, like a publicity stunt. At the point the pistol is level, the driver is looking down. Also, the gentleman in the rear seat with the ballcap on is obviously not nervous at the fact a weapon is so close to his head. That and the other rear passenger makes almost no movement whatsoever. There's no hint of concern in the car.

    April 16, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Gary P

    Big f***ing deal. Paparazzi are a bunch of freaking parasites anyway. I'd arm myself too if I had to deal w/ those bottom feeders. This is a story because she was WITH somebody who may or may not have had a real gun?! Slow news day? Nothing better to do, eh? Maybe Pippa should arm herself too. Maybe if all celebrities armed themselves and made it known they were packing, the paprazzi would keep their distance. Especially in Florida, where you can "stand your ground" if you feel threatened.

    April 16, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. neoritter

    If I was being stalked I'd wave a gun at the person stalking me too.

    April 16, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "The Lunatic Fringe"

    Is it true Zimmerman bought a case of black spray paint?

    April 16, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Charlton Heston

    And yes I forgot to mention – Pippa is pipping hot!!!

    April 16, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tiki51

    So in France you can stalk a woman with a camera and not expect someone to be upset about it? In America this would be no big deal, you don't follow someone around, especially when you find out their friend has a gun. If the reporter didn't want to be aimed at, he shouldn't have been stalking people with a gun. It's called privacy!

    April 16, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cheryl Jefferies

    I don't blame the guy one bit. After what the paparazzi and the press did to Diana, they need to be kept away from all humanity. If they won't listen to reason, then maybe some hardware will get their attention. 'Course, those of you who live off the lives of others don't help by buying their stupid pictures and tabloids. But, come to think of it, some tabloids actually do get the truth out a lot better than the lap-dog media do. Not one of the lap-dog media would follow up on the story about John Edwards when it first started...or, maybe you did follow up on it and didn't want to print it because he's a Dem. It took a tabloid to show the truth. I still think that's a hoot! Showed you up, CNN...and, NBC, and CBS, and, ABC. And, certainly, MSNBC. What a total laugh!

    April 16, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. kdf

    um, SHE is not the one who married the prince, so this should not be news.... nor should reports be following her.

    April 16, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |

      But she's an inlaw to the Royal Family so it's newsworthy, isn't it?

      April 16, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mr Dalloway

    If not pointed at Poppa what's the controversy?

    April 16, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. really?

    France. Hmmm. Isn't that where the paparazzi murdered Princess Diana?

    April 16, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aubrie

      YES! and chances are the driver of the car felt threatened as well. Paparazzi are pushy, aggresive, nosy, and irresponsible. I wouldn't doubt the guy deserved it.

      April 16, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • jnpa

      Yes it is, so who can blame them. The photographer is considering his options? I guess these papparazzi will never learn a lesson!

      April 16, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • shut_up

      charles dumped her and she was dating a mulsim........

      April 16, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sylar75

    Upper Class white people playing with guns.... they are called Republicans in America.

    April 16, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • ajk68

      Hate much? This story has nothing to do with the Republicans.

      April 16, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • melvinslizard

      Wow, generalize much? Upper Class White People? So, the 1% own all the guns? You're looney and your post is worthless.

      April 16, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • shut_up

      lower class blacks in America carrying guns are black panthers

      April 16, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
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