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. Pimpson

    I wanna pimp Pippa.

    April 17, 2012 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Emperor Vadik, CA

      get in line

      April 17, 2012 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. JohnAshtonburg

    They are making the biggest deal out of this. Such a small issue. Who cares what her sister is doing, she is a nobody.

    April 17, 2012 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  3. Lisa

    I just knew she was a naughty naughty girl...Why I love her.

    April 17, 2012 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. SSampson

    Would anyone really care if a Paparazzi got shot?? While I could care less 'personally' about the people they annoy.... it must be H3LL to have a camera lens pointed at you all the time.... no privacy.....ever....

    I once had to plough throuh a bunch of these maniacs trying to get into a public building... they are like roaches – rude – and refused to make a path....after 20 seconds, I wanted to shoot a few...

    April 17, 2012 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
  5. manunyc

    what the f is the great about her. She looks like a freak, drug addict. Her sister is classy and beautiful. With that flat and wrinkled face , i dont think she is worth the attention.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:59 am | Report abuse |
  6. Brook

    Reporters need to leave this poor woman alone! She isn't the one to marry into the royal family and frankly what underwear she puts on in the morning is not news worthy. She has done everything in her power to get the media from following her. The reporters should feel lucky this was a toy gun rather then a real one. Reporters are plain stupid. What about the 3 members of the french Aristocracy that were in the car? You would think the French would be way more concerned with those family members rather then Pippa ... a regular, normal, everyday 28 year old.

    April 17, 2012 at 3:49 am | Report abuse |
  7. AtheistHuman

    Oh no... that is horrific... and so so tragic... GET OVER IT! The Eurotrash are so uptight. WHO CARES!!!!

    April 17, 2012 at 4:04 am | Report abuse |
  8. Joesense

    f*****n limeys, saddest f****n losers in the world..... and who is this trash? i'd rate a Lindsay Lohan article better than this rubbish.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:08 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mark

    typical british press...grow up brits, let the police deal with it, nobody cares about your pipa...

    April 17, 2012 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
  10. John

    OMG a member of the royal family with someone wearing a gun... I guess her security detail is not allowed to provide security. Perhaps we should unarm the Secret Service. Hey CNN get a grip

    April 17, 2012 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
  11. P Ness

    Who Cares about the royal family or anything else to do with it?

    This belongs in People magazine not a news site!!

    April 17, 2012 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
    • GOP RIP

      You care - enough to go through the trouble of opening the article, reading it, and commenting! LOL

      April 17, 2012 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
  12. JerseyJeff

    Doh! Somebody got caught being less than 'noble'

    April 17, 2012 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
  13. faux pas

    Lowbrow humor at it's finest... When the world event's get so dire, we can always count on a Brit of merriment.

    April 17, 2012 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
  14. GOP RIP

    What a difference from this country. Here, the right wingnuts would be worshiping her for this because they're obsessed with guns. They've obviously evolved over there.

    April 17, 2012 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  15. 327th

    I hope this becomes the excuse to kick those inbred royals out of France once and for all. Let them find a dentist in London.

    April 17, 2012 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
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