The Middleton family has contacted the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) to raise concerns about alleged “harassment” by photographers. The PCC is a self-regulatory organization created by the British media to hear complaints about editorial content and press behavior. The PCC also sets voluntary guidelines. Carole and Pippa Middleton have recently been photographed shopping in London. “No formal PCC complaint has been made by the Middleton family about any breaches of the editors’ code,” a St James’s Palace spokesman told The Press Association. “However, following some incidents of alleged harassment and pursuit by agencies and freelancers, the Middleton family, through the PCC, have sought to draw the attention of editors to their concerns.” In response, the PCC sent an advisory to editors reminding them of their obligations under the editors’ code of practice.
In other royal-related news:
• Kate and William have snubbed asparagus. The annual British Asparagus Festival traditionally begins with the first cut of the crop, accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire, being driven to a different location each year. This year festival organizers asked the royal couple if they would receive the bounty. “I received a letter from St James’s Palace in which they politely declined our offer and gave us their best wishes,” festival organizer Angela Tidmarsh told the Evesham Observer. Now festival officials will select another delivery destination. Meanwhile, organizers are anxiously awaiting the outcome of the Where Else But England award, honoring the nation’s most unique and interesting events. The Festival is a finalist with the Egg Throwing Festival, the unrelated Egg Throwing Championships, the World Snail Racing Championships, and the Dorset Knob Throwing Festival, where participants throw hard, dry biscuits, also known as knobs.
• The Telegraph has published a nifty map of the special events planned for the wedding. Mouse over one of the flags, and up pops information about the gathering. Muncaster Castle gardens will be awash with floral tributes and Leeds Castle will decorate the sky with fireworks. Local cheesemakers will display a “Wedding Tower Cheese Tower Cake” at the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink. Perhaps it’s best to skip the cake and head straight for the “Raise a Toast – Bubbly Tasting,” a master class in sparkling wines.
• Attention royal memorabilia collectors. You know how your detractors complain that all that stuff is junk? They’re right. The sad reality is that most royal memorabilia has no value. Eric Knowles, an expert on the BBC’s “Antiques Roadshow,” tells The Mirror: “The majority of memorabilia will be worthless. It’s not something you invest in.” All is not lost though. “However, if you can hang on to it for 150 years, your great, great, great grandchildren may reap the benefits if it’s a rare piece,” Knowles advises.
• Time to slap on that extra coat of paint. Just days after his son’s wedding, Prince Charles is coming to the U.S. Charles will be in Washington, D.C. May 3-5, USA Today reports. The heir to the throne will meet with President Obama and will deliver a speech at Georgetown University on sustainable agriculture. Charles was last in the colonies in 2007.
• Kate’s designers have been revealed. The designers of the Kate doll, that is. The venerable London toy store Hamleys is offering a 13.2-inch Kate doll for $57.40. “Seven British fashion and design leaders have come together to dress and accessorize this fabulous doll, the store’s website reads. “The intricate detailing on the doll’s high-heeled slingback shoes are evocative of leading British shoe designer Beatrix Ong‘s signature style, also featuring a miniature Beatrix Ong label on the insole…The final finishing touches were added to the Princess Catherine Doll by Louise Constad, the make-up artist of choice for many a high-profile celebrity.” For those who want to see what the doll really looks like, The Daily Mail posed the figure in front of various London landmarks, such as the gates of Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and Piccadilly Circus. They also place the doll somewhere the real Kate will never venture — in a London tube (subway) station.