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. dentont

    is the photographer "considering his options" or waiting for the payoff. Sounds like a lucrative day for that young man

    April 16, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • sammie

      she likes foursomes... nice!!!!!!!!!!

      April 16, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Majestic_Lizard

    If you don't want people to point a gun at you, don't stalk them with your camera. He was putting out a message to the rest of the media that he was not afraid to put a bullet in them and they need to keep their distance. KUDOS.

    April 16, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bill

    The only thing about this story that outrages me is the fact he didn't pull the trigger.

    April 16, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ♚Mmmmm♛

    who can blame 'em...not fun to run into head on into a tunnel wall...besides...how do you know if the gun is loaded or if it's a real gun...how many people been shot at by a toy gun...maybe next time she pulls out a superwater gun and saturate the camera lens...no laws against that...water guns...lol

    April 16, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThatDCGuy

      Actually, that would be destruction of private property

      April 17, 2012 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  5. Illeagle-j1

    Hey, they have trailers in Britain as well, only there they (The Trailers) are referred to as Caravans. The people are still TRASH!

    April 16, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Epps

    Was she holding the "pistol" or was her "pal"?

    No big deal, nothing will happen to her. Move on, NEXT!!!

    April 16, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ♚Mmmmm♛

    nay! I say..i don't feel sorry for you paparazzi...!

    April 16, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. FauxNewz

    They are such wusses in Europe, I bet it's illegal to take a picture of a gun.

    April 16, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Fiona

    Oh, you know, that's what happens when royals marry into the families of tradesmen.

    Just kidding...they're all useless, Windsors and Middletons alike. I'm constantly amused that anyone gets excited over them, and I was especially tickled when His Nibs Wills married the daughter of people who sell tchotchkes online. They actually sold tacky Royal Wedding memorabilia for their own daughter's wedding! Money does not buy class. Never has.

    April 16, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mom has that...

    And the camera man for CNN couldn't get any closer of the picture? Thanks for a waste of 60 seconds to show nothing.

    April 16, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. cyg

    Pippa – the megababe of our lifetime

    April 16, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rat

    BFD!!

    April 16, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Gregg

    So I've seen this in Los Angeles. The paparazzi follow closely behind someone who they consider famous, infamous, or family of someone, come screaming up behind them in a car, taking pictures and basically won't stop. All for a photo of some indiscretion they can sell to the Sun, the New York Post or the National Enquirer. Put yourself in the position of the driver or body guard – what do you do? Go speeding away and risk your client? Stop and ask the photographer to stop? That won't work. A little handgun in the air action shows them you might be a little crazy and to back off. Probably worked too. Kudos to the driver.

    April 16, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Shakti

    Um, this was in the Sun?? Well known for it's factual and responsible reporting.

    April 16, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joe, San Diego

    I like Prince Harry now that dude has got balls not a scardy cat like his brother or sweet sister-inlaw

    April 16, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
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