It was a series of photos that took the british media by storm earlier this week: Pippa sat in a car with a young man brandishing a gun at a paparazzi photographer. Thankfully, we quickly found out the gun was a fake – but the photos still caused a bit of an uproar, mostly due to the perpetrators appearing to show insensitivity to the recent shootings in France. Commentators and Twitterers called for Pippa to either choose to associate with better friends, or be more careful in future!
© Viscount Arthur – picture with Pippa – This picture is from his Facebook page.
Today it emerges that Pippa’s friend (sat in the back seat) and party house Viscount Arthur has released a statement about the photographs. Here’s his statement in full, with thanks to E Online:
“Last Saturday I was in a car with Philippa Middleton, and we were being followed by paparazzi, dhe had been subject to constant and dangerous harassment by paparazzi throughout her time in Paris. The car was being driven by a friend of mine, whom Pippa had only met a few hours before. As a joke, my friend brandished a toy pistol in their direction.”
“Obviously Philippa had no idea that he was going to do that and told him to stop immediately. She did not find it funny.”
Arthur’s brother Marcy also spoke to the Daily Mail last night:
Pippa is a very good friend of mine and this gun affair is very silly.
“It was a children’s toy that the driver had in his car. Pippa thought it was funny.
“It is fine in France to do that and the police are not investigating. In France there is no problem, just in England. You English think there is a problem, which is crazy.
“I have spoken with Pippa, she thinks this is all a joke and a funny game. We were just having a laugh. We are funny people, it’s what we do.”