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Old 09-27-2015, 05:00 PM
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The Mountbattens got their fair share of tabloid beatings back in the day - racism, lesbian sex scandals etc...
The tabloid coverage they got paled in comparison to their actual shenanigans. I know Edwina's affair with a West Indian singer got media coverage, but I thought they were able to wiggle out of that.

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If the argument that the problem with the Middletons is a class issue, then the Mountbattens and Spencer's would be fine - they were both of the right class.

The Spencers are a fairly old, noble house. Prince Philip's immediate family - not Mountbattens themselves - were royals; his mother and grandmother were both born in Windsor Castle.
The interesting thing to me is that even people from "the right class" can be in their own way social climbers.

I don't think there is anything wrong with being a social climber, ambitious or whatever term is preferred, I would just like to teleport the Spencers and Mountbattens to 2015 and see what unfolds. On the one hand they may get a pass or fly under the radar because they are "the right class," but on the other hand they are so scandalous and dysfunctional that I wonder if the press and the public would be able to resist feasting off their drama and foibles.
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Old 09-27-2015, 05:02 PM
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Oh I remember comments being made about Sophie's mother allegedly going out to work, the shock of it, to pay for her private education. Then there were the topless photographs just prior to the wedding. There were allegations about one of The then Princess of Wales sisters and indeed her brother. But nothing compared to The Middleton's. As I said before Pippa is a private individual as is James, let them get on with their lives.
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Old 09-27-2015, 05:25 PM
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William and Harry are the only two British princes of their generation. No matter who they marry the women by definition will have married 'up' if we want to start playing the class card.

Even Diana Spencer wasn't the class equal of the Prince of Wales. But the only requirement for marriage into the BRF is the Queen's permission. The country doesn't have morganatic marriage.
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Old 09-27-2015, 05:27 PM
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William and Harry are the only two British princes of their generation. No matter who they marry the women by definition will have married 'up' if we want to start playing the class card.

Even Diana Spencer wasn't the class equal of the Prince of Wales. But the only requirement for marriage into the BRF is the Queen's permission. The country doesn't have morganatic marriage.
I agree. The only situation would be if they married a foreign princess and that would come with it's own kind of troubles :P Including how that princess "married up" into a more "influental" royal house. :P
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Old 09-27-2015, 05:31 PM
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I just hope after what they went through in their younger lives that they both end up married to whomsoever they want and live 'happily ever after.'
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Old 10-04-2015, 01:32 PM
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Anyone have any idea who was seated between James and Carole? http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/...3903483901.jpg
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Old 10-04-2015, 01:48 PM
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Anyone have any idea who was seated between James and Carole? http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/...3903483901.jpg
I think that's James girlfriend Donna?
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Old 10-04-2015, 01:54 PM
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I think that's James girlfriend Donna?
I don't believe so. Some commenters have suggested it might be Harry's friend. It's reminiscent of Kate sitting several spaces away from William when they were first dating.
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Old 10-04-2015, 02:05 PM
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I think that's James girlfriend Donna?
It's not donna. Most speculations are that she is somehow connected to Harrys group of friends sitting above. But it seems odd that she would sit squeesed in with the Middletons :P Maybe she's a cousin or friend of the family :)

Also, you can clearly tell where Kate got her sports faces from. Carol is almost as amusing to look at as Kate :P
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Old 10-04-2015, 03:34 PM
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Anyone have any idea who was seated between James and Carole? http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/...3903483901.jpg
Whoever it is, she's a ginger.
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Old 10-04-2015, 03:50 PM
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No idea, but I suspect the chap seated top left is a convinced republican...
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Old 10-04-2015, 04:52 PM
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I read that the woman is/was the GF of Harry's friend, Skippy.
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Old 10-04-2015, 06:24 PM
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⬆️ Yes, I read on Twitter that she is Lara Hughes-Young.
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Old 10-04-2015, 09:22 PM
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It doesn't look like Lara. It looks like the ginger woman who often hangs out with the Middleton family. Last year she went bike riding with Mike, Carole, Nico, Pippa, James, and Donna. It was the pictures that had Pippa pinching Nico's nose, Popsugar removed the pictures after what I assume was a privacy complaint from the Middleton family because it looked like they were on private property. But you can view the pictures on Tumblr.
http://pippamiddleton.tumblr.com/pos...ndon-last-week

You can see her picture here, when the Middleton family went on a ski trip in early 2013.
Pippa Middleton takes romantic stroll with boyfriend Nico Jackson in St Moritz | Daily Mail Online.

She also did the Swedish race with Pippa and James earlier this month. Here she is posing with Team Michael Matthews Foundation before the race.
https://instagram.com/p/7SkqLRH5qW/?...63428236544132
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Old 10-04-2015, 10:04 PM
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Phillipa Townley - per looking up swim race results. She was the other female on Pippa's team.


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Old 10-04-2015, 10:13 PM
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Phillipa Townley - per looking up swim race results. She was the other female on Pippa's team.


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Old 10-04-2015, 10:16 PM
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Good catch, Miss Whirley! It definitely make more sense that she is a Middleton friend than a girlfriend of Harry's friend.

Pippa's guy friends are more well known but she probably has her own versions of Kate's Emilia, Trini and Sophie of girlfriends. Plus Pippa and James live together so they are going to know each other's friends.


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Old 10-04-2015, 10:26 PM
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Great catch you guys! Makes alot of sense!
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Old 10-05-2015, 01:29 AM
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I think you are right. And it does make more sense that a friend of the Middleton's would be there.
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Old 10-05-2015, 02:04 AM
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'Who knows, the shadow knows.' She's in his circle. This it will be. Someone that looks innocuous (though she's very pretty, that's not what I meant, of course).
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