A friend of Pippa Middleton, the sister-in-law of Britain’s Prince William, apologised yesterday for an incident in which a friend of his brandished a toy gun at press photographers in Paris.
Arthur de Soultrait said he, Middleton and a friend of his were in a car being followed by paparazzi on Saturday when the unnamed friend waved the toy pistol at the photographers.
Middleton “had no idea he was going to do that and told him to stop immediately. She did not find it funny,” de Soultrait said in a statement.
She had been “subject to constant and dangerous harassment by paparazzi throughout her time in Paris,” he said. “I regret enormously that this incident happened, and especially that Pippa has been subject to subsequent attention through no fault of her own,” he concluded.
Photos of Middleton in the car with the man wielding what seems to be a gun caused a storm of outrage which should act as a wake-up call, royal watchers warned.