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Kate Middleton's Parents Could Cash In on Their Grandchild With New Baby Merchandise Line

by Deborah Cruz on January 1, 2013 at 3:12 PM

MiddletonsKate Middleton's parents are unveiling a new line of royal baby merchandise at their party supply company. The line, which has a new little prince" and "new little princess" theme, has prompted speculation that the Middletons are trying to cash in on their unborn grandchild. 

I hardly think so.

Michael and Carole Middleton are the founders of a 25-year-old Party Pieces, a mail-order party supply company based in England. So it's hardly surprising that they would come out with a new line of baby party supplies coinciding with the latest hot topic in Britain.

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Their daughter's baby-to-be just happens to be the latest hot topic.

It's not the Middletons fault that they happen to be the parents of the expectant mother of the next heir to the throne, and I don’t think they are doing anything wrong. It’s not like they begged for a grandchild so that they could profit from it. It’s not like they're the only ones to have a line of party products with the theme little prince and princess. It only looks strange because they happen to be the soon-to-be grandparents to the actual royal grandchild. Besides, I’m sure a lot of the money they earn will go toward spoiling their first grandbaby rotten.

I’ll bet the Middletons even asked permission from Kate and William. I think it’s kind of awesome that they are the actual grandparents of an actual heir to the throne; it lends some authenticity to the royal theme -- if anyone should know about “royal” babies, it's them. Unless they stamp the products with the official ultrasound and the words “Kate and William approved," I think this is harmless.

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  • amiec...


    January 1, 2013 at 3:51 PM
    Gandchild... Lol.
  • ren
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    January 1, 2013 at 7:25 PM
    GANDCHILD - guess someone forgot to proofread?!
  • Saphi...


    January 1, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    hehe ganchild lol I think you forgot to s_ell c_eck hahaha 

    anyways that out of my system. idk its a little tacky and cute at the same time. idk feels just to soon to be cashing in already. she is not that far along and they already are marketing it. 

  • melissa
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    January 1, 2013 at 8:00 PM
    Well they are a business. They either keep up with what's popular or they don't. Harmless in my opinion. Just because she's the princess doesnt mean they should close the door on their business.
  • PonyC...


    January 1, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Lol, Saphira... what a wonderful display of irony you've given us!

  • early...


    January 1, 2013 at 8:57 PM
    People are inspired often by personal affairs to related things. Nothing to write about , nothing to worry about.
  • MaryAnn
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    January 1, 2013 at 10:33 PM
    That is such Crap!! I bought that exact same party theme stuff at Party City for a baby shower before it was even announces that Kate was going to have a baby. Leave the Middletons alone. If they are using the Royal Pregnancy to make money then Party City was too. I guess the people of Party City are just Psychic.
  • DebaLa


    January 2, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Dear TS: Please resolve in 2013 to up the quality of posts. There is much to write about. Give it a shot. Thank you.

  • Jennifer
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    January 2, 2013 at 9:18 AM
    Why are you still calling her Kate Middleton? How long did it take after her wedding for people to stop calling William's mom "Diana Spencer?"
  • c
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    January 3, 2013 at 3:04 PM
    Ever since William married Kate the USA has made such a big deal about the royal family, even there own country doesn't nor do any of the other countries under the crown.
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