The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince William, Kate Middleton) are basically in the One Percent. Not so, perhaps, Kate's mother Carole Middleton, who is now being lambasted for attempted to off her daughter's royal baby.
The first royal baby from the coupling of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is expected this year, and Kate's parents' company, Party Pieces, has begun selling royal baby themed items, Perez Hilton reported on Thursday. It's an interesting move, as you'd expect to see items on, say, CafePress or eBay, but coming from the parents of Kate, many are calling the move tacky.
To be frank, while Kate's parents are not as wealth as the Royal Family, they are certainly also in the One Percent. City analysts put the value of the Party Pieces business at $65 million. The family own $7.6 million seven-bedroom Georgian house in Berkshire, with 18 acres of landscaped grounds. In addition, they have a $2.6 million Chelsea flat.
However, it is not at all clear that this is anything more than a tempest in a teapot. While there has been ire raised over the matter, particular coming from those in the U.K., it's unclear Carole Middleton is truly exploiting her daughter's pregnancy.
Searching through the site, it's not as though the items say "royal baby coming" or anything like that. Instead, the site appears to simply be promoting typical baby items. Notably, there are items with "little prince" or "little princess" on them, but those terms could be applied to any youngster.
Readers, do you believe Carole Middleton is trying to cash in on her daughter Kate's royal baby, or is it simply a coincidence? Sound off in the comments.