Royal in-law Pippa Middleton has again found herself in
hot water with news that she joined a shooting party which
killed 15 wild animals in Belgium.
The younger sister of Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge,
was invited to a Gerpinnes property in west Belgium owned by
billionaire steel magnate Baron Albert Frere, local newspaper
La Capital reported.
The December 1 hunt, organised by the Baron's grandsons, shot
six wild boar and nine deer, the report said.
Pippa, 29, was among the 20-strong party, some of who did not
recognise the London party planner and author as she
introduced herself as "Phillipa".
"It is sad to see someone in such an influential position
indulging in this kind of needless cruelty for their own
entertainment," League Against Cruel Sports spokesman Joe
Duckworth told British tabloid the Daily Star.
Pippa's level of involvement in the hunt is unknown, but the
brunette who shot to stardom after appearing as bridesmaid at
her sister's royal wedding to Prince William, is reported by
media to be a "keen shot" and has attended such events in the
In April 2012 it was a toy firearm that attracted unwanted
attention for Pippa.
As she was pursued by paparazzi through the streets of Paris,
the driver of a convertible in which she was a passenger
pointed a handgun at a photographer.
Later identified as French aristocrat and fashion designer
Viscount Arthur de Soultrait, the gunman apologised for the
incident during which he said he held a toy gun.