This is definitely a case of they’re damned if they do and they’re damned if they don’t. Kate Middleton’s parents are under fire yet again for using their famous daughter to increase sales for their business, Party Pieces. Just weeks after Kate Middleton announced her pregnancy by puking all over the place, the party-planning business unveiled its newest line of baby goods.
Some of the items are pretty harmless. There are supplies to host baby showers, christenings and first communion celebrations but others are pretty darn obvious. Those crafty Middletons are selling plates reading “A new little prince” and other products for everyone’s special “little princes and princesses.” Is this overkill or just really good business?
This isn’t the first time Carole Middleton and Michael Middleton have seemingly cashed in on their connections. They got their hands slapped for their Olympics-themed product line as well as for their recent 007 Skyfall blunder. But the Middletons need to make the monies, right? Keeping Pippa Middleton in the lap of luxury can’t be cheap or easy. Carole’s got to hustle and I’ve got nothing but respect for the woman because hustle she does.
But is it in bad taste? I’m always said I don’t think so. The Middletons need to work. Yes, they have a lot of money but a lot of that goes away if the business goes away. They don’t have trust funds to roll back on. They are making their money for their children and their children’s children. Yes, I suppose their grandchild will be the monarch but would you want to be the poor, middle class grandparents? Hells no! You’d want to hold your own around those Windsors. Maybe it’s the shameful American in me but I’ll always appreciate a self made millionaire over a born one.
The Middletons have two choices. They can give up the company and regroup some of the dignity people think actions like this deplete or they can keep working. They are in a competitive business. If they don’t take advantage, then all their competitors will take advantage of that royal baby. Kate Middleton’s parents may be common but they certainly aren’t stupid.
What do you think? Are Kate Middleton’s parents cashing in? Would you rather they just gave up the business?
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