Are the Middletons in Hot Water? – Jamie Tuohy


The daughters of Carole and Michael Middleton have been described as ‘Wisteria Sisters’, because they are “highly decorative, terribly fragrant and with a ferocious ability to climb” and thus far, both Kate and Pippa Middleton have proved themselves to be extremely adept at social climbing. One daughter went to university and became the future Queen of England, the other became one of the world’s most sought-after socialites. Nobody could ever accuse the Middletons of failing to relish a challenge and grab EVERY opportunity that comes their way.


When their daughter Kate married Prince William, Carole and Michael wasted no time in selling Royal Wedding memorabilia on the family’s £30million website Party Pieces. Their royal connection meant that the Diamond Jubilee was duly commemorated on the site, but it appears that their latest offering might be a step too far.

Party Pieces has found itself in hot water with Olympics’ organisers, as the site is selling London 2012 paraphernalia, when any items relating to the Olympics are only allowed to be sold by the Games’ official sponsors. While the family have taken care to ensure none of the merchandise actually uses any official symbols or logos, the similarity between the Middleton’s offerings and official products has caused outrage amongst the Games’ organisers.

Locog, the organisers of the 2012 Games, said that they’ll be investigating the products on Party Pieces to see if the Middleton’s have stepped out of line and broke with official protocol. Undoubtedly, this probably wouldn’t even be an issue if Carole and Michael weren’t such a high-profile couple, but the scrutiny is likely to cause embarrassment for Kate, who is an ambassador for the London 2012 Olympics.

Given that the Middleton family haven’t actually used any official logos, do you think it’s fair that they’re being singled out? Or have they exploited one opportunity too many? Leave your comments below!


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