Pippa Middleton may face French gun charges

Pippa Middleton attends the wedding of Katie Percy

Pippa Middleton attends the wedding of Katie Percy in Alnwick, England. (June 13, 2011) (Credit: Getty Images)

Royal relative Pippa Middleton may face criminal charges in France for being among a group of friends who jokingly brandished a pistol at a photographer.

Middleton, younger sister of Kate Middleton and the sister-in-law of England's Prince William, was in the passenger seat of an Audi convertible with three male friends Sunday when the driver brandished a gun at a French photographer behind them, the British newspaper The Sun reported.

The photographer captured a series of images of the weapon and of Middleton grinning.

The paper said that in France, displaying a gun in a public place is punishable by up to 7 years in jail for all parties involved, with a 2-year maximum for a fake gun.

Duncan Larcombe, The Sun's royal editor, told "Good Morning America" Monday that the photographer may file a police complaint. "We're told he isn't ruling anything out yet," Larcombe said.

Buckingham Palace, which does not represent Middleton because she is not a member of the royal family, has issued no comment, according to ABC News.

The British newspaper the Daily Mail identified one backseat passenger as Paris fashion entrepreneur Arthur de Soultrait. Middleton had been attending his 29th birthday party at a theater-turned-nightclub in the St. Germain-des-Pres district, leaving the event at 6 a.m. Sunday.

The other two men were not identified. They were driving to Paris' Gare du Nord station, where the Eurostar high-speed train departs for London, the paper said.

Paris is particularly sensitive to guns after suffering a spate of killings this year.

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