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. coder

    the way those poppa-nazies killed princess di

    i dont blame her or the guy for pointing a gun them – they are trying to kill her and then take a picture of it

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

      I have to agee with you as well. Those popper people need to back off as killing Diana ,wasn't that enough? I guess not so I do not blame anyone who the pops follow to carry a gun and if needed even point it at them. My God when is this crap stop?
      Please will the press give this family a break!!!!!

      April 16, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      Yeah, those darn papparazzi crashed the car into the tunnel stantion. Oh wait, that was her car driver who had been drinking that smashed up the car and killed Diana.

      April 16, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom A.

      Stop. The freak paparazzi weren't trying to kill anyone. They may be lame, but they obviously weren't trying to kill Kate.

      April 16, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Michae l J.

    Pippa who?

    April 16, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • bab y gotback

      You know, the one with the great *ss. Not much else to show though.

      April 16, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Crawl back into your cave and stay there please.

      April 16, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Aubrie

    What do you mean not a member of the royal family... Isn't Pippa the SISTER In LAW to Prince William? I consider that family....

    April 16, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • David M

      Yeah, but "Mum" does not consider her family. She thinks having one 'commoner' is one too many!

      April 16, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mittens ; job destroyer

    My wife has reported to me that we are higher class than the British.

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

      I am sure she also told you that if you move to the White House that she has never downsized before!

      April 16, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MaximusGatlinga


    April 16, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. David M

    Pippa didn't cause a stir, the press did. The press is the same all over the world. They can make Mickey Mouse look like Al Capone.

    April 16, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |

    OMG- Slow news day....

    April 16, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. zekepepe

    this girl just keeps getting hotter and hotter, now she's down with assault weapons. you rock Pippa!

    April 16, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Steve

    Probably a fake anyway.

    April 16, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. gun partner ! gun!!!!

    you numb nutz dont have a thing to do,do you.

    April 16, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. wackyjabber

    If Lady Di's driver used a gun on the paparazzi, she would still be alive.

    April 16, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. notnewsworthy

    who cares. Why is this news? No part of this story is relavent to anyone anywhere, except people with no self esteem that can only survive by living vicariously through someone else.

    April 16, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. no name

    don't be too sure it wasn't Kate securing her future and tipping the Papparatzi to Diana's location....

    April 16, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. KenC

    Why would the papparazzi waste their time following these creeps around, they all look like arrogant, spoiled punks to me, especially HER!

    April 16, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. James

    Pippa's celebrity status is media driven and is not based on anything she has done to deserve it. Get a life everybody!!!

    April 16, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
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