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. NZscientist

    A couple of details that seem to have been missed – first, one of the photos was taken by a member of the public, so this weapon (be it a real gun or a fake) was pointed not only at a paparrazo but also innocent bystanders. Second, it is illegal to brandish a weapon in France, with penalties ranging from two years imprisonment for a fake gun, and up to seven years for a real weapon. The same penalties apply to others present during the commission of this crime, so Ms Middleton could find herself in a whole mess of legal trouble.

    Doesn't anyone think this reflects badly on her personality... it certainly isn't funny to be flagrantly breaking laws in another country (especially if you are in a high-profile position yourself), and its just so uncool to be acting ghetto when you're not. Shame on her... her sister must be mortified!

    April 16, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skengdon

      Your arguement is well thought out but if I do remember correctly Princess Diana would still be here if not for the Pappacrapzi.

      April 16, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Erik

      Even though she wasn't the one wielding the gun? Does conviction by acquaintance apply here?

      April 16, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • PensacolaPet

      It does, perhaps, reflect badly on Pippa Middleton's situation, but any rational mind could conclude only that it doesn't reflect badly on the situation of HRH Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

      April 16, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Skengdon

    I'm sorry but I am on her side.... Pappcrapzi leave these people alone. I know the means doesn't justify the ends but when is enough enough.....

    April 16, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carol

      This is another case of stop it I love it. I'm sure Pippa loves the spotlight when it suit her fancy.

      April 16, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tomicT

    Look @ them trying to tie this together, somehow, with the single gun-violence story for the year in all of Europe! Really?

    April 16, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. CNN $uck$

    This is bull$h1t. They didn't even show a picture of the purported gun!

    April 16, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      Exactly my thought. That's the best look at that picture they could give us? Dopes.

      April 16, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kate

    Perils of marrying a commoner.

    April 16, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Glynne1964

    I love how that CNN sees that this is important. YET they DO NOT zoom in on the photo. We're just supposed to take the word of the Sun & CNN that there was a gun? I watched the video 3 times just to be sure they never actually showed the photo. Great proof...NOT!

    April 16, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Well, sure, The Sun being such a quality publication, and all.

      April 16, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    If they would leave these people alone once in a while....

    April 16, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. kit8

    The French paparazzi caused the death of Diana. Pointing a gun at anyone including the French paparazzi is not cool. Allowing the paparazzi to harass anyone is not cool. This is a story that has a lot of wrong doings. The real question is which party is most at fault. My guess is the French government for not learning from the death of Diana and still allowing its paparazzi to take pictures of celebrities for profits. A simple solution would be to require the celebrity to authorize any picture being printed of them unless it is in the public's interest.

    April 16, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jdoe

    Why don't they just get some really dark tint on their vehicle's windows and ignore the paparazzi?

    April 16, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carol

      Because they really like the attention.

      April 16, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • pj77

      Or stop driving around in convertibles with the top down.

      April 17, 2012 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  10. Ikon

    It's a good way to lose a tail. I say good for her.

    April 16, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. joe702

    Wow just when you think the british people cant get any more lame! It's creepy how obsessed most brits are with the "royal family" LOL

    April 16, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Will

    Too bad he didn't unload a magazine or two in the Paparazzi's direction.

    April 16, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. PensacolaPet

    So many of you are totally missing the reality of this situation. Most of the famous work very hard to get there, then despise the fame, which is very hypocritical. Ms. Middleton did not work to get this fame and this morbid attention from these reptilian paparazzi. She deserves to be left alone to live her life out of the glare of the camera (which she never sought). Lay off, people.

    April 16, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. toadears

    She is perfect for Prince Harry. hahhaaa

    April 16, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jeff

    I have to say this: She is ugly. period.

    April 16, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
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