Kate Middleton’s parents are under scrutiny once again for doing the same thing hundreds of other websites are doing. In the past they’ve been accused of taking advantage of Kate’s royal status while selling party goods, but today someone’s gone even further. According to The Mirror on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, now Kate’s parents are being scrutinized for who is making the party goods sold on their website.
“Ghetto kids” are manufacturing the party items that are sold on the Middleton’s website the media claims today. The kids, working along side their parents, are making 10p an hour, according to The Mirror. Kate’s parent’s website is called Party Pieces and they, like thousands of other websites selling party items, sell piñatas. The piñatas are about 12 pounds a piece, in which the people making them earn a small fraction of that.
The Middleton’s buy from a wholesaler, like most any online business and they don’t know under what conditions their products are manufactured, they probably just go with the best price for the quality they are looking for when it comes time to purchase items. Again, this is much like what everyone else does who happens to be in the same business as the Middleton family.
The Middleton family did not ignore these allegations, they posted on their website that they are looking into the claims. The claims that small children are making some of the party items they sell. Kate’s parents posted a message acknowledging that they hear what people are saying and are investigating the claims:
“As a responsible retailer we take the allegations seriously. We will work with our suppliers to investigate these claims.”
The company sells 40 types of piñatas, which are popular items for kids parties. Life for these families that make the pinatas is anything but good, they live in shanty towns in Mexico. How are the Middleton’s supposed to know this, wouldn’t the responsibility fall to the suppliers who offer up wholesale goods to the Middleton family and the other websites and stores that sell this stuff?
It’s strange that with the hundreds of party websites that offer the same types of piñata’s as the Middleton’s website does, not a one of them are mentioned as buying products that were made by exploiting children.
It is like the Middleton’s are the target party website when it comes to criticism. Having royalty in the family hasn't been easy for Carol and Michael. That goes for Pippa and Kate's brother too, they are all under the scrutiny of the press from time to time.