The world now knows a lot more about Pippa Middleton than they did a few weeks ago, and it comes at quite a cost. Middleton and the royal family are said to be quite embarrassed by the leaked and sold photos that have been surfacing, and they are hoping the topic will settle down sooner rather than later. What is the motivation for those who have these pictures? Money, and plenty of it in all likelihood.
Fox News talked with several in the business of buying and sharing celebrity photographs to get their opinion. According to a rep from X17Online, the latest photos showing Pippa on vacation with her family with her bikini top briefly removed probably got a pay-off of about $25,000. The source mentioned that because the photos were first online, that meant the seller wasn’t able to garner an exclusive sale to a magazine. The rep notes that the selling of the photos wasn’t handled in a way that maximized their profit, as they ordinarily could have brought at least double the payment had the seller known how to market them. It is said that the photos were sold by a “family friend.”
The Managing Editor of GossipCenter.com, Mike Lavalette, estimated that the initial pictures showing Middleton partying in college while scantily clad probably garnered the seller somewhere between $10,000 to $50,000, toward that upper end if the seller negotiated to receive a percentage of the profits on the photo rather than just an initial lump sump. The BBC says that the Middleton family has filed a complaint with the Press Complaints Commission in the UK.
Criminal defense attorney David E. Wohl shared with Fox News that in his opinion, the family won’t accomplish much with the complaint or any legal action. However, the Royal Family certainly has some pull in the UK and their influence may accomplish something behind the scenes. It is said that Prince William is particularly protective of the Middleton family. Certainly the family and Pippa herself are hoping that the interest in the photos dies down and there is no doubt she will be quite cautious about her activities going forward. She is likely taking stock of her “friends” these days in hopes that there is some loyalty to be found that trumps a one-time paycheck.
If you didn’t get enough of the royal wedding yet, tune into Will and Kate: Road to the Altar, airing on E!, Channel 52 on Cox in the Scottsdale area, Saturday, May 14 at 7:00 a.m. The OWN network is also airing a new show titled Prince William & Catherine: A Royal Love Story on May 23 and May 24. OWN is Channel 100 on Cox Cable in the Scottsdale area.
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