Kate Middleton's Parents Accused of 'Cashing In' on World's Love for Her

carole michael middletonThe entire country -- scratch that, world -- is buzzing about the royal couple's upcoming tour of Australia this spring. How could we not be?! It's the first time the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are going to take Prince George overseas. It's a big deal. And ahead of the exciting event, it seems party supply website PartyPieces.co.uk has begun stocking and featuring Australian-themed products. No big deal, right? Oh, except that Party Pieces is owned by Carole and Michael Middleton. So of course tongues are clucking that Kate's folks are trying to cash in on their daughter's upcoming trip. Sigh.

Actually, the decor and favors are said to be geared to Australia Day, which is coming up on January 26 -- way ahead of the royal tour!

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Australia Day marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British ships sailing into Sydney's shores. The day is often celebrated with BBQs, concerts, and fireworks. So ... no, it doesn't even seem like it has anything to do with Kate and Wills heading Down Under.

Still, there's proof that it might. Apparently, Carole and Michael have repeatedly seemed to tie various promos on the site into royal ongoings -- from the royal wedding to their grandson's birth to the Queen's Diamond Jubliee. But so what? They're British. It is a British company. They're marketing to Brits! Obviously, these events and celebrations matter, and it makes sense that they should spotlight the products related to them.

It's not like they're selling Kate keychains and plastering her baby pics on mugs on CafePress or some crazy nonsense. Party supplies are their business. It just so happens that their daughter is often involved in events the U.K. -- and the world -- is celebrating!

Do you think it sounds like Kate's parents are trying to unjustly "cash in"?

 

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