If your sister were the Future Queen of England (okay, okay, the Future Queen Consort of the United Kingdom), paparazzi followed your every move, and a normal life was pretty much impossible, what would you do?
Pippa Middleton has the answer: release a party-planning book.
The cover of her new book Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Family and Friends was released this week at the 2012 NYC Book Expo, and I’m torn.
On the one hand, I feel for Pippa. I think she’s in a very strange position: she’s not royalty, but her proximity to and association with the royal family means she’s held to a higher standard, whether she likes it or not–and whether it’s fair or not. However, she has many of the benefits of royalty (Boxing Day with the Queen at Sandringham, a primo seat during the Diamond Jubilee Flotilla, prestige, and access to anything and everybody) without most of the burdens (she can set her own schedule, swanning off on a vacation to Paris last-minute if she feels like it; she ultimately has a freedom Kate will never know again).
So, that’s why I feel that it’s icky she’s trading in on her royal connections with Celebrate. Pippa grew up in a party-planning family, to be fair…but if Kate hadn’t married Prince William, nobody but nobody would care about this book, you know?
But, here we are, and I do care about this book. Honestly, if the cover were prettier, I’d probably be more excited! (If you’re going to do it, do it all the way! I want to see a big, gorgeous, sumptuous, saturated-color photo of the Pips.) I guess we’ll just have to wait until the book is released in October by Penguin to see more and give it a proper verdict…what say you?