Pippa Middleton has been under fire since word came out that she was going to get $1.5 million to write a party planning book. Is she cashing in on fame? Is $1.5 M advance too much?
Actually, the people putting up the biggest stink are the people who would buy the book...UK citizens. Somehow, it is ok if someone else exploits the British monarchy or a member of his or her family for personal gain, than it is for the sister of the new princess to have her own book deal.
They think that Pippa Middleton is just trying to cash-in on her fame.
All Pippa really wants to do is write a party planning book. The critics are going crazy! No one got this upset when that Yoga instructor wanted to write a book about how to have the perfect Pippa and Kate Middleton body. The world did not go nuts when designers started selling knock-off wedding dresses.
No one was outraged when plastic surgeons started cashing in when people wanted butt enhancements to have Pippa's bum.
However, Pippa Middleton wants to write a book about something that she is familiar with...her parent's party store and everyone cries, "She's taking advantage of her fame." Perhaps people are just jealous of the size of the advance. Those same jealous people will probably be first in line to buy the book.
To that end...so what if Pippa Middleton is taking advantage of that fame. If she was not Kate Middleton's sister and she wanted to write the book no one would give two cents, even if a publisher decided to advance her $3 Million just because she was good-looking.
One UK writer, Tom Sykes puts it this way:
The sight of minor royals and royals-in-law -- whom the public suspect of living featherbedded lifestyles anyway -- cashing in on their regal connections irritates the Great British public at the best of times.
So what are exactly are "minor royals and royal-in-laws" like Pippa Middleton supposed to do...work in a fish-n-chips stand?