Kate Middleton's family are yet again being criticised for their Party Pieces business, but what do you think about their tactics?
Being a high profile family has many benefits – in the last few months alone Carole, Michael and Pippa Middleton celebrated the Diamond Jubilee on the Royal barge and sat in the Royal box at Wimbledon – but a major downside is the constant scrutiny it brings.
The Middleton family have made their fortune with Party Pieces, a home delivery website that sells all kinds of paraphernalia for occasions such as weddings, birthdays and christenings.
Around the time of Kate’s wedding to Prince William last April the Middletons were accused of cashing in on their daughter’s big day by flogging British-themed merchandise. At the time the firm was accused of being gaudy and greedy.
They also faced a negative backlog by publishing Kate Middleton’s top tips on throwing the perfect party, along with a photo of the soon-to-be-royal in the run up to the Royal wedding.
This time, the Middletons are coming under fire for capitalising on the London 2012 Olympics.
Party Pieces has a range of products under the umbrella title of Celebrate the Games, including Celebrate London bunting and balloons, a ring toss game in the Olympic colours, and multi-country flag banners.
Questions have been raised, by a small few, as to whether the Middletons are in breach of the Olympic Act 2006, which could result in court action and a possible £20,000 fine.
It’s now being reported that Locog, the London 2012 organising committee, is looking into Party Pieces and any possible illegal use of the Olympic rings and all copyrighted words asscoiated with the Games.
Do you think it’s unreasonable of people to constantly scrutinise the Middleton family and their business, or do you think they’re fair game because of their connection to the Duchess of Cambridge? Let us know what you think below.