Pippa Middleton's friend apologizes for 'gun' scandal
Pippa Middleton recently made headlines after being photographed in an Audi convertible in Paris sitting next to a driver brandishing what appears to be weapon in broad daylight and her friend has since apologized for the incident.
"Last Saturday I was in a car with Philippa Middleton, and we were being followed by paparazzi... As a joke, my friend brandished a toy pistol in their direction," Middleton's friend Viscount Arthur de Soltrait said in a statement to Us Weekly. "Obviously Philippa had no idea that he was going to do that and she told him to stop immediately. She did not find it funny."
"I regret enormously that this incident happened, and especially that Pippa has been subject to the subsequent attention through no fault of her own," Soltrait continued. "I have apologized to her for this."
The photos caused controversy and potential jail time and fines for all involved, including Middleton. The UK newspaper The Daily Mail reported that Middleton was to be questioned by Paris police about the incident. If the weapon had been real, the driver could have been sent to jail for several years. Though it was fake, he could still spend two years behind bars.
E! Online obtained photos of Middleton making her first appearance since the "gun" incident on Friday, looking somber while leaving a hair salon in Central London.
Middleton, the younger sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, holds no royal title but her life has been the subject of intense scrutiny and tabloid reports since she first captured an audience at her sister Kate's nuptials to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge in April 2011.
Middleton's appearance at her sister's wedding earned her the unofficial title of "Her Royal Hotness," a website dedicated to her derriere and a 240,000 member-strong Facebook fan group.
The 28-year-old works part-time at her parents' party planning company Table Talk and writes an online magazine for their online party supply website, Party Pieces.
She will be releasing a party-planning book called "Celebrate in October through Michael Joseph/Penguin Books, a book deal which earned her a reported $600,000, according to USA Today.
In the book, Middleton will share party etiquette and tricks she has learned through her experience in party planning.