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Arthur de Soultrait, a friend of Pippa Middleton, is coming to her defense after one of their friends, Romain Rabillard, aimed a gun at photographers last weekend.

Romain, Arthur, Pippa and one other individual are now subject to potential prosecution for the bizarre scandal, which shocked the French, US and UK media.

Although Kate Middleton's 28-year-old sister has yet to address the scandal, Soultrait was apologetic in a statement on Wednesday, in which he defended her.

He also said the gun wielded at celebrity news media was fake.

"Last Saturday I was in a car with Philippa Middleton, and we were being followed by the paparazzi," Soultrait explains of the late night/early-morning incident.

"The car was being driven by a friend of mine, whom Pippa had only met a few hours before," Soultrait, 30, said of Romain Rabillard, a 36-year-old attorney.

"As a joke, my friend brandished a toy pistol in their direction."

"Obviously Philippa had no idea that he had the pistol, or that he was going to do that, and told him to stop immediately. She did not find it funny."

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It's all fun and games until someone pulls a piece on a paparazzo.

As we previously reported, Pippa Middleton is at the center of a gun scandal after she and her friends went for a spin in a convertible last weekend.

After partying at a raucous bash in Paris until 5 a.m., Pips was spotted leaving in a car with friends, when the driver took out what appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol and aimed it at a celebrity news photographer. But was the gun even real?

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Sitting in the passenger seat, Pippa Middleton laughed.

Nobody's laughing now. Especially not her in-laws.

"This is embarrassing for them," a royal source says. The surprising scandal "has put [Kate Middleton] in a very difficult position," the source adds.

However, it appears that the excitement, which included reports that Pippa Middleton could face criminal charges, may have been overblown.

ABC News reports that the photographer claims he knew all along that the gun was a fake and has been telling people he never felt scared by it.

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Pippa Middleton could face criminal charges after a male companion was reportedly caught brandishing a gun and allegedly pointing it at a photographer.

The younger sister of Kate Middleton was in the passenger seat of an Audi convertible with three male friends Sunday in Paris when all hell broke loose.

The driver allegedly reached for a semi-automatic gun and jokingly aimed it at a celebrity gossip photographer following them, London's The Sun reports.

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The image, released to the Sun by the French photographer at whom the pistol was aimed, shows Middleton looking back at the paparazzo and grinning.

The paper reported that the Paris Judicial Police department is "poised" to launch a probe into the incident. Charges could result in prison sentences.

Even if the gun turns out to be a fake, criminal charges are possible.

"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," a source said.

The French photographer is still weighing whether to file a formal police complaint, the Sun's royal editor, Duncan Larcombe, confirmed this morning.

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It looks like Pippa Middleton may be off the market and her ex-boyfriend and university BFF George Percy, heir to the Duke of Northumberland, is the lucky guy.

We sort of hate him right now.

Heir to one of Britain's richest, grandest titles, Percy's family owns Alnwick Castle, which was used as the setting for Hogwarts School in the Harry Potter films.

And that's only part of their $500 million estate.

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A source close to Pippa Middleton and George Percy told the British Sun tabloid that the "Earl of Hogwarts" is "very smitten and completely in love with her."

The couple have been close since meeting at Edinburgh University and have been romantically linked before, after Pippa split from her beau Alex Loudon.

Middleton and Percy reportedly started dating again after pairing up at the family New Year's Eve party. Kate Middleton was also on hand at the shindig.

"Pippa sat herself next to George at supper and made sure she was hanging off his arm all night," according to sources. "And then she made her move."

Jealous. Treat her right, Hogwarts guy, or you're gonna hear about it.

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Duchess Catherine's sister Pippa Middleton has given exactly no interviews since the Royal Wedding in April. Are Barbara Walters and Oprah angling to change that?

British tabloids are reporting that Walters and Oprah are engaged in a bidding war to book the 28-year-old party planner for a TV special - potentially for big bucks.

Walters, 82, denied on The View Monday. "It's not true," the journalist said.

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"ABC News does not pay for interviews. I have no idea what Oprah does, but ABC does not pay. She's not a news program, so maybe they have a different policy."

That doesn't mean Walters wouldn't be up for interviewing Pippa Middleton, who was one of her most fascinating people of 2011, as unveiled in late December.

"To make it clear: Would I like to do the interview? Yes, I would like to I think she's a charming, beautiful girl," Walters said. "Will we pay to do the interview? No."

They could make a major donation to a charity of Kate Middleton's choice in exchange for an interview, though. That's not technically paying. Loopholes, people.

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Pippa Middleton is the master ofparty planning. That is her job, after all.

So what are her tips for planning a Valentine's Day to remember?

On her fam's Party Times website, she advises, "Throw a Valentine-themed party for a few friends. Hang some heart decorations around the room for extra kitsch-factor and drink sparkling wine or specially mixed Valentine’s cocktails."

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Another fun-sounding suggestion: "How about dipping marshmallows and fruit skewers of banana, grapes and strawberries into a molten chocolate fountain. Everyone can join in – just make sure you have napkins at the ready as things may get messy!"

"Create a few rhyming clues for a treasure hunt around the house to unearth ... little Valentine's gifts that Cupid has lovingly hidden for family members."

No word if Pippa Middleton will be partaking with any lucky fellas.

Currently vacationing in Mustique with sister Kate Middleton, Pip is single after splitting from her boyfriend of more than a year, Alex Loudon, late last year.

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Despite reports that Prince William and Kate Middleton's New Year's plans involved spending time at his father's sprawling Scotland, estate, they chose a more low-key locale.

A tent pitched in the back garden of the Middleton family's yard!

According to the U.K.'s Mail on Sunday, Pippa Middleton, who along with her parents is in the party-planning business, played host to the (relatively) small soiree.

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The Middleton girls know how to dress - and party!

The stylish sister has expensive taste: The tent alone cost nearly $5,000 (or 3,000 in British pounds) to set up behind their home in Berkshire, England.

Described by an onlooker as a "canvas palace," the tent enclosed a dance floor and seating for more than 100 party-goers ready to ring in 2012.

"[Kate Middleton] looked full of the joys of the season," a party-goer said of 2011's royal bride, 29, who laughed and joked with her husband, also 29.

The celebration in her hometown with Pippa, 27, comes nearly a week after the Duchess' first Christmas as a royal in Sandringham, Norfolk.

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NOTE: The answer to the question posed on the image below is not her dress.

For whatever reason, according to Life & Style, men just sprint away from Pippa Middleton, and the younger sister of Duchess Catherine wonders why!

After attending her seventh wedding of the year this month, the 28-year-old is starting to wonder if she'll ever be the one standing at the altar, sources say.

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"She's scared she'll never find someone who'll accept her life," a friend says.

"[Pippa Middleton] is happy for Kate and for her university friends who are getting hitched, but she's starting to wonder if she'll ever find her Prince Charming."

In November, after growing increasingly uncomfortable with her fame, longtime boyfriend Alex Loudon called it quits with Pippa for the second time this year.

Ever since the split, according to the friend, Pippa has been deeply worried that she has become undateble, now that she's the sister-in-law of Prince William.

"The men Pippa knows are all majorly turned off by the circus surrounding her," an insider reveals, with some publications dubbing it the "Pippa Problem."

Call us crazy, but we imagine there are plenty of guys who would love to have a Pippa problem on their hands. The issue is that she's quasi-famous? Deal.

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Pippa Middleton will be joining the British Royal Family for the holidays. You know what that means ... let the rumors of her hooking up with Prince Harry begin!

For the first time in their lives, Pippa and Kate Middleton will be spending Christmas away from their parents. For newly-married Kate, that was almost a given.

Pippa was invited to spend the holidays with the royals not because she's a major cutie (even though she is) but so her sister could also have family around.

Prince Harry will also be present, of course, so ...

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On the day after Christmas, Boxing Day, Pippa and Kate will join William, Harry and the rest of the royals for the family's annual pheasant shoot in the country.

This is a pretty big deal as, traditionally, this is reserved only for members of the royal family and their significant others. But this is one gorgeous exception.

Pippa's presence is via the urging of William, who wants to make Kate's first holiday with her in-laws more comfortable. Not that Prince Harry's complaining.

Yes, we know nothing's going on with the two, but they're both single now, and she's going to be seeing the younger prince in hunting attire. Game over.

Those two are definitely going to hook up. Or at least they should. Right?

 

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Welcome back to the Tournament of THG, where fans vote on the most popular star of 2011! The concept is simple: Pick your favorite of the two stars in each poll. Done.

After eight sometimes bruising first round matchups, the quarterfinal round is now underway, with Kate Middleton and Miley Cyrus kicking things off yesterday.

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Today's matchup: Kate's sister, Pippa Middleton, against Robert Pattinson!

In round one, Pippa took it to Charlie Sheen, while Rob edged Selena Gomez in a tightly-contested battle. Who will advance to the next round? VOTE below!

And the Winner is?

Who's your favorite celeb, Pippa Middleton or Robert Pattinson? Your votes will decide the winner of this first round matchup in the first Annual Tournament of THG! View Poll »

Poll is now closed! Here are the results:

Pippa Middleton
35.7%

Robert Pattinson
64.3%

Total Votes: 2743