Kate Middleton is celebrating the joyous news that she is pregnant with the heir to the British Throne, while her mother Carole Middleton is getting slammed for profiting off her daughter's royal baby!
The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William are expecting their first child in 2013 and her parents' company, Party Pieces, has started selling royal baby themed items that have raised the ire of many who are calling the business move "tacky, tasteless and vulgar."
"It is tacky, tasteless and vulgar — and from what I know of William and Kate, I would expect them to be highly embarrassed," Michael Thornton wrote about the miniature castles, plates for 'A New Little Princess' and 'A New Little Prince,' and other royal baby-themed products.
"It would appear the arrival of their first grandchild has been seen by Kate's parents as a marvellous business opportunity.
"Let me be frank: this money-making ploy on the part of the already wealthy Middletons brings a shudder of distaste and unease to all those who admire their royal daughter."
The company website touts the products, saying: "It's a great occasion to celebrate before the new arrival, inviting family and friends along. Such a celebration allows other mothers to share their wisdom and own knowledge of becoming a mother."
Thornton says that Carole, who has been accused in the past of profiting from her daughter's royal marriage, surely knew that she would face backlash for selling the products.
"It's hard to believe it did not occur to the Middletons that this would be seen as a cynical attempt to cash in on their daughter's pregnancy.
"It is not as if they need the money. Conservative estimates by City analysts put the value of Party Pieces at £40 million $65 million. They own a £4.7 million $7.6 million, seven-bedroom Georgian house in Berkshire, set in 18 acres of landscaped grounds, and a £1.6 million $2.6 million Chelsea flat."
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