Pippa Middleton's decadence-packed French trip took a turn for the dramatic after she was photographed with a pal who waved a firearm on the streets of Paris. Kate Middleton's sister even faces the possibility of arrest after the incident.
Pippa, a tabloid fave after her appearance at Kate and Prince William's wedding in 2011, was a passenger in a friend's car in the French capital on 14 April, and the driver of the vehicle was caught on camera brandishing a weapon.
gun-flashing happened soon after a luxe 18th century-themed party thrown by Pippa's
friend, the French aristocrat and designer Vicomte Arthur de Soultrait. Guests at the bash were all in costume, including the host, whose ensemble included a dog collar and chain. Pippa herself wore a corseted creation.
Following the incident, the Paris Judicial Police is said to be preparing to launch an investigation and Pippa may be called in for questioning.
A source told The Sun, "If the evidence points to her involvement, she will be prosecuted. Anybody involved in the illegal use of a handgun in public is liable to arrest and interrogation."
It's still not clear if the gun was fake, but if it is found to be real, brandishing it in a public place is punishable by up to seven years' jail "for all parties involved". If the gun is a fake, the maximum prison term is two years.
No matter what the case, it doesn't spell well for Pippa and, by association, the Royal Family. Watch this space for updates.