Life as the Duchess of Cambridge's younger sister isn't as rosy as we all might think. In fact, being the sibling of a royal can impact who you're dating and which parties you can attend. Don't believe us? Just ask Pippa Middleton who's currently experiencing the annoying side of having a royal big sister.
The bash was thrown by Cavan's ambassador Donna Air, who also happens to be James' girlfriend. So, did the Middletons show? Er, no. They skipped it - and it wasn't because they had a better offer.
Fashion & Style reports James was worried his and Pippa's attendance might make Donna seem like she was using her "semi-royal connections for publicity."
Pippa also faced problems from "royal handlers" when launching her entertaining guide, Celebrate. Sources said the publishing process was made a "nightmare" by their interference.
It doesn't sound like we'll be seeing much of Pippa and James on the party circuit for a while then. Although, when have the young royals and their friends ever done what they're told?
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