Kate Middleton’s Parents Launch New Prince and Princess Party Favors

Michael and Carole Middleton.The world's most famous in-laws, the Middletons, are under fire again in the press, this time for launching royal-baby-themed party favors this week from their company, Party Pieces. Critics claim the new products are an attempt to profit off the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's upcoming little prince or princess (or both!).

Newsflash: Carole and Michael Middleton are in the business of party supplies, for every type of occasion. It's ridiculous to accuse them of profiting off their daughter's pregnancy when it would be virtually impossible not to offer princess-themed favors for little girls' birthday parties. 

Furthermore, the three new prince and princess themed favors join nearly a dozen other princess-themed party favors, including decorations featuring Disney princesses, "Princess for a day," and "1st birthday princesses," that existed well before Kate's pregnancy.

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This isn't the first time the Middletons have received flak for releasing royal-themed party favors, according to the Daily Mail. "Earlier this year, [Party Pieces] offered paraphernalia themed around the Royal Wedding and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Its street party items included state-carriage-shaped cardboard teapot vases, coat-of-arms cups printed with 'Long Live G&T' and canape flags featuring crown-wearing corgis."

New additions to the Party Pieces baby celebration party favors.The current new items in question are "Little Prince/Princess plates" and a "1st Princess Castle Fun Party Pack" which includes castle-themed plates, cups, napkins, decorations and loot bags. Potential buyers are instructed to "Create a magical castle for your little princess and her guests to celebrate her first birthday in style."

Party Pieces was launched by Carole Middleton in 1987. Since then, it has become the family business, turning the Middletons into self-made millionaires. Both Duchess Catherine and her sister Pippa have worked for the company, which makes party favors and paper goods for every sort of celebration.

New: 1st princess castle fun pack. It's unlikely Kate will be celebrating with a baby shower, which is an American tradition. Instead she may opt for the British custom of a Blessingway, according to pregnancy website The Bump, where "friends and family gather to spend time with the expectant mom and wish her well without gifts."

Regardless of what you think of the Middletons for making party favors that might profit from royal-baby mania, there's no doubt that grandparents everywhere consider their first-born grandchild true royalty.

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