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Old 07-11-2017, 10:18 AM
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- David later was forced to clarify the event 'wasn't the palace opening the gates for Harper's birthday party'
- A family spokesman also clarified that the event was a private function organised by the Duchess of York
- However, her representative has now distanced her from organising the event and said was her ex-husband

That says it all, to me it looks as Fergie, who is desperate for attention and redemption, just as Beckham is, made it happen and both did not think about the backslash. We've been there before, what's new?
As usual it all ends in chaos and denials and the blaming game, what an embarrassment for everybody involved, yet again.
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Old 07-11-2017, 10:37 AM
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Regardless of if it was Sarah or Andrew, the fact remains that what came out of it made it seem like Buckingham Palace is "for rent" to anyone with enough money to fork over to have a "palace" party for their kid. It didn't help matters that Eugenie posed with the little girls which made her look like a "princess for hire". I'm sure that Andrew will hear about it from his mother but we'll never know about it. Either way, the Yorks were careless in not setting certain parameters for this "tea party" and making sure that as it was a private party, it should remain private.

How soon is BP being closed down for renovations? Right now I'm thinking the quicker the better.
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Old 07-11-2017, 10:40 AM
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Either way, the Yorks were careless in not setting certain parameters for this "tea party" and making sure that as it was a private party, it should remain private.
Everybody knows that with Beckham, nothing remains private. That's the point for him and his business model after being out of job as footballer and icon.
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Old 07-11-2017, 10:55 AM
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To be honest, I'm not that familiar with the Beckhams at all as I don't follow celebrities but in this case, I do believe the blame doesn't fall on them but rather on the Yorks. If they know this guy, they know how he operates and it was a severe lack of judgement to not ensure that a private visit to the palace remained private and out of the public eye.

From what I've been reading, its been stated that the general public touring Buckingham Palace are not allowed to use their cameras and take photos while in the palace. Seeing as Andrew has lived at BP just about all his life, its a rule he should have known about and asked the Beckhams not to take photographs.

All in all it was another thing for the media to bash the Yorks about and in this case, I'd go as far as to say it was deserved. It didn't do the royal family and those that run BP any favors either.
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Old 07-11-2017, 12:36 PM
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In one sense I don't see anyone as having done anything wrong. If i was a member of the RF and could invite my friends little girl around to celebrate her birthday in Princess style would I do it? Yes of course. Likewise if I was friends with a member of the RF and had a daughter who loved being a 'Princess' and they invited us around for afternoon tea to celebrate her birthday would I accept, yes I would.

IMO I don't feel comfortable with this because I don't think the Beckhams and Yorks are that good friends that they see each other enough for it just to have come up in conversation. As such it makes you think that either the Beckhams or Yorks engineered the situation into this for their own benefit in some way (not necessarily financial).
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Old 07-11-2017, 02:03 PM
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I wouldn't be surprised if Beckham paid Fergie a lot of money to get access. Wouldn't be the first time for her to do something like that.
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Old 07-11-2017, 02:26 PM
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I think it's very important to not spread any rumors about this event. We all know everyone is worked about this tea party (I really don't know why) but I think it's very important to try to stay away from unfounded rumors about Sarah, Duchess of York, Prince Andrew and Princess Eugenie.
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Sarah's past selling access to her husband means it doesn't take a lot for the media to suggest thats what has been done here.
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I wouldn't be surprised if Beckham paid Fergie a lot of money to get access. Wouldn't be the first time for her to do something like that.
The first thing I thought of too. The Beckham's seem to be relentless social climbers and David never misses an opportunity to appear close to the royals. I believe he would be willing to pay a lot for that birthday tea at the palace and given Fergie and Andrew's past money grabbing antics.....well, let's just say the whole situation dosn't look good for everyone involved.
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Old 07-11-2017, 03:05 PM
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Sarah's past selling access to her husband means it doesn't take a lot for the media to suggest thats what has been done here.
Yeah, we know the media would of course be quick to jump on that bandwagon, but there's no proof of any of that whatsoever. So going down that speculation is just wrong.

Members of the royal family do host private events at the royal residences. Nothing goes on in Buckingham Palace without The Queen's permission and knowledge. She's kept up to date about everything the family do and where they go. Even If there's some unwanted hanky panky going on, her staff let her know about it.
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Old 07-11-2017, 03:22 PM
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I thought the same thing: that somehow Fergie benefits from this.

(We'll see if she starts turning up in items from Victoria's clothing line!)
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Old 07-11-2017, 03:52 PM
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Regardless of if it was Sarah or Andrew, the fact remains that what came out of it made it seem like Buckingham Palace is "for rent" to anyone with enough money to fork over to have a "palace" party for their kid. It didn't help matters that Eugenie posed with the little girls which made her look like a "princess for hire". I'm sure that Andrew will hear about it from his mother but we'll never know about it. Either way, the Yorks were careless in not setting certain parameters for this "tea party" and making sure that as it was a private party, it should remain private.

How soon is BP being closed down for renovations? Right now I'm thinking the quicker the better.
Well, I'm sure this tempest in a teapot will settle down as soon as the next headline grabbing event happens. But the obvious question is if BP is mostly for 'private events' for the Royal Family then why aren't they the ones paying for the renovations out of their own pocket or at least paying for the % which is used for private purposes?
Second question is why can the Beckhams post photos taken where the public who actually pay to visit aren't allowed to take them - seems rather unfair that Joe Public who spends his hard earned cash to visit BP is forbidden from taking photos for 'security' or whatever reasons yet the multi millionaire Beckhams can both take and post photos on the internet.
Perhaps BP can raise the funds for the renovations by hosting paid for tea parties for 6 year olds w/ a promise that a real princess will visit for poses and pictures just like Disney does w/ faux Princesses. Sarah can organize the tea parties.
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I think the fact the pictures were so publicly shared shows that the Beckhams and Yorks aren't that close and this was a first time visit for them. If they visited so often they wouldn't post pictures on social media as they would just be visiting friends 'at home'.
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Old 07-11-2017, 05:17 PM
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I don't fault the Beckhams for taking up on an invitation to BP to do something special for the little cutie, if that's what happened. The resulting blame-game is making it all worse.

I personally thought that Angelina Jolie and her son taking a private evening tour of Buckingham Palace (about 2-3 months ago) was way more offensive.
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Old 07-11-2017, 11:26 PM
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Says it all really
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/ar...ew-Fergie.html
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Old 07-12-2017, 12:47 AM
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I don't fault the Beckhams for taking up on an invitation to BP to do something special for the little cutie, if that's what happened. The resulting blame-game is making it all worse.

I personally thought that Angelina Jolie and her son taking a private evening tour of Buckingham Palace (about 2-3 months ago) was way more offensive.
IMO Angelina Jolie who is the mother of six, an Oscar winner, a director and actress and an Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations… and an humanitarian and now an Honorary Dame by HM is more of the stuff that HM seems to care about then a football player and his wife who are clearly social climbers and from viewing their pictures (as that is all we have) are nothing but people who think that their money will buy them entrance to BP. IMO all these 2 people are after is status and wealth and think that HM is their new best friend though Prince Andrew and Sarah....I sure hope not for then the republicans will be out in full force trying to displace HM and the entire family.
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The difference between Angelina and David is not who is the better person. The difference is the type of visit

Private tour of the public part if the palace va private event

Angelina had a private tour if the palace. Of state rooms and public spaces. The part of the palace that is a public building.

The Beckhams on the other hand were guests in private apartments.

What the critics seem to forget is the palace is also a residence for members of the royal family. Not just the queen. Including Andrew. He didn't invite them to have a tea party in the state banquet room. Or anything else related to his mother or being a sovereign. It was in his private apartments.

Royals do this alll the time. They do have private lives. If Camilla and Charles had a dinner party at Clarence House would people complain? If Kate and Will had a party for three friends at Kensington no one would blink. Meghan stays with Harry and no one complains.

The only difference is it is the Yorks. Any reason to dirty them is taken.
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Royals do this alll the time. They do have private lives. If Camilla and Charles had a dinner party at Clarence House would people complain? If Kate and Will had a party for three friends at Kensington no one would blink. Meghan stays with Harry and no one complains.

The only difference is it is the Yorks. Any reason to dirty them is taken.
I wonder why. Of course royals have private lives but with the Yorks, very often personal benefit or at least something dodgy is involved/behind the motivation.
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Old 07-12-2017, 05:35 AM
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Let's not forget what has happened to London the last couple of months. So many young people killed or their parents have died. Homeless with nothing and the Yorks throw a princess experience party for a privileged 6 year old
Extremely bad taste at the very least no matter who did it
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Old 07-12-2017, 06:38 AM
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I most definitely agree. Its one thing to invite your friends over to a dinner party or tea in your royal apartments at BP like the Yorks did as that has happened many, many times. It was extremely bad taste and poor form to not set parameters with the guests as what is allowed and what is not allowed and to request that the party be strictly treated as a private matter and the general rule for *everybody* is that no pictures are allowed to be taken while in BP. Andrew, above all, should have known better.

It also reflected badly on the Beckhams' part not only to post the pictures and allude to things that caused quite a bit of backlash, but it also reflects these parents as blatantly using their child to garner popularity and admiration from the general masses. It was a "look at what *WE* can do and you can't" kind of a move with a whole lot of name dropping to boot.

None involved in this fiasco (excepting the six year olds) showed any kind of class whatsoever. These are people that wonder why the press has a field day with them.
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