Pippa Middleton Facing Jail Time Over Gun Scandal?

Prince William's sister-in-law is under fire after being photographed driving around with a male companion who was brandishing a gun

Pippa Middleton may be in serious hot water over a bizarre incident involving paparazzi and a gun. During a social visit to Paris this weekend, the little sister of Kate Middleton and sister-in-law of Prince William was photographed taking an afternoon drive in a convertible with three male friends. Nothing too unusual there -- until the driver pointed a gun at the camera. Below, watch the Today show's coverage of the scandal.


The U.K.'s Sun newspaper, which published the pictures, reports that Middleton was already questioned by the Paris Judicial Police and may be facing arrest. The paper adds that the photographer is "considering his options" and may file a formal complaint.

"If the evidence points to her involvement, she will be prosecuted," says the Sun's source. "Anybody involved in the illegal use of a handgun in public is liable to arrest and interrogation."

Other sources contradict the Sun, saying that Middleton hasn't been interrogated and is unlikely to be charged with a crime.

It's also possible that the gun was fake -- "the kind of thing you would find in a toy shop," according to a French tabloid. But that wouldn't necessarily let Pippa off the hook. Under French law, brandishing a replica gun can lead to two years in jail (as opposed to the seven years in jail one would face for doing the same thing with a real gun).

Whether Pippa gets charged or not, the incident is a public relations disaster that couldn't come at a worse time. The French people are still reeling from the killing of seven people (including children) by a lone gunman in Southern France less than four weeks ago. By keeping company with people who are casually waving guns around in broad daylight -- and smiling about it, no less -- Pippa has just made the English aristocracy look incredibly callous and insensitive. Whether or not she was grilled by French police, she is definitely going to get an earful from the Queen.

 

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