Just hours before she was photographed in a car with a man brandishing what appeared to be a pistol, Pippa Middleton was living it up at a decadent fancy dress party in Paris.
The 27-year-old was snapped wearing gold high heels and a bodice lined with pink satin bows at an 18th century-themed fancy dress event.
She was pictured perched on the mock throne of her friend the designer Arthur de Soultrait, who for his part wore a King Charles wig. Party invites read "Le Roi est Mort, Vive le Vicomte", which translates as “The king is dead, long live the Vicomte”.
De Soultrait, who has aristocratic roots, also laid on dwarves, strippers and a woman fire-eater for his 30th birthday party.
Guests wore bondage gear, kinky masks, and de Soultrait donned a dog collar and chain as he mingled with his guests.
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The next morning Pippa was photographed in an open-topped car with a male friend who apparently brandished a pistol at a photographer.
The incident occurred this weekend, just weeks after France was rocked by a series of gun massacres.
The shocking picture, published exclusively in The Sun, appears to show the barrel of what looks to be a semi-automatic gun.
It is not yet known if the weapon is real or a toy, but the Paris Judicial Police were said to be poised to investigate.
A source told the newspaper: “If the evidence points to her involvement, she will be prosecuted. Anybody involved in the illegal use of a handgun in public is liable to arrest and interrogation.”
Even if the gun is found to be a fake, Pippa could still face a maximum jail sentence of two years.
The source added: "Certainly if you were in a car and knew somebody was using a gun to warn people off you’d be liable to arrest."
The photographer who took the shot is said to be considering whether to make a formal police complaint.
Last month a gunman on a motorbike opened fire outside a Jewish school in Toulouse, France, killing three children and a rabbi. Two soldiers were also killed and one was wounded in a further attack at a military base in Montauban.
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