The Sun has a new article up about how Kate Middleton and Pippa Middleton went skiing in France the same weekend Prince William was skiing in Switzerland.
— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) April 2, 2017
On the weekend of March 11-12, while William was dancing the night away in Verbier, according to The Sun, Kate joined Pippa for a skiing “hen do” in Meribel, France.
Before I quote The Sun’s article, I want to preface this by saying the photos of Kate and Pippa the article uses are from a 2012 French ski trip with William and Carole. The use of these 2012 photos without stating that they are from 2012 – in fact, the captions on the photos imply they are from this 2017 trip – is very misleading.
As of time of posting, there are no photos from this alleged 2017 ski trip. So make of this article what you will.
“THE Duchess of Cambridge went on sister Pippa’s secret skiing hen do — on the same weekend husband Wills was away partying with his pals in the Alps. The two groups even shared the same private jet as they hit the slopes last month. But while the Duke’s gang headed for Verbier in Switzerland, Kate and Pippa were around 100 miles away in Meribel, France.
“A friend told The Sun: ‘Pippa loves skiing so it was her first choice for a hen weekend. They stayed in a really exclusive catered chalet with maids and chef, who ensured that they were totally spoilt. The owners also wanted to impress their royal guests so the girls were showered with gifts. They were given Swatch watches, Ugg slippers, leather-bound notebooks and bespoke fragrances. It was a very small, private party and they had an amazing time.’
“The private jet was paid for by the Middletons ahead of 33-year-old Pippa’s wedding next month to tycoon James Matthews, 41.
“Prince William, 34, was heavily criticised for missing the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on March 13. All other senior royals attended, but he went skiing and clubbing with his friends in the Swiss Alps. He was then pictured sharing a boozy lunch with Aussie model Sophie Taylor, 24, and her beautician pal Rosie Peate, 30. Wills was later filmed dad-dancing in the Farinet club — where Sophie and her boyfriend Aaron Goodfellow worked. The prince was accompanied by best pals Guy Pelly, Tom Van Straubenzee and James Meade.
“The friend added: ‘Apparently the girls on Pippa’s hen were giggling as Kate told them that William had had to be escorted down from the mountain for being too drunk after that lunch on the Sunday. All the girls thought it was hilarious. He wasn’t allowed to ski as he’d had too much to drink. The staff didn’t want him to get hurt. At first Kate thought it was very funny. But she wasn’t too impressed when she saw the photos of him dancing with that Australian girl.’
“Wills and his group returned to the UK later that day with Kate, 35, Pippa and her hen party. Meribel is a favourite resort for the Middletons. Wills and Kate skied there together in 2010 and 2012. Pippa and James’ wedding takes place in Englefield, Berks, on May 20, followed by a reception at her parents’ £6million home nearby.”