I came across a story in a London tabloid recently making the rather perverse argument that William was marrying the wrong Middleton sister. It asserted that the real catch of the Middleton girls was Kate’s younger sibling, and Maid of Honour, Pippa. Not only does Pippa have the well-honed party planning skills (her website The Party Times is a must read for entertaining experts and pretenders alike), but her growing profile as a West London socialite and bar-butterfly would appear to be good boot camp for learning how to wield a champagne bottle—before smashing it across the front of a ship.
Not only the gutter press, it seems, thinks the Middleton/Windsor coupling is close but, no cigar. The Chinese company Guandong Enterprises has recently jumped on the Royal wedding licensed product bandwagon with the release of a coffee/tea mug celebrating the royal couple. The only problem is, they’ve put the wrong mug on the mug.
Beaming from the right side of the mug is Kate Middleton and on the left her beloved—Prince Harry. I’ve heard of brothers of the groom getting drunk and forgetting to bring the wedding rings to the ceremony, but I have yet to hear of any who’ve jumped in and (taking a bullet for the nervous groom) actually married the bride. Harry will be standing beside William during the ceremony but, unless the Archbishop of Canterbury has put his contacts in backwards, it’s unlikely that he’ll mix this one up.
You might think that Guandong Enterprises has made an honest mistake but I believe they are evil geniuses, who have created the finest piece of Royal memorabilia of all time. Not only have they switched the blond William with his more attractive ginger brother, but they have also added the super fantastic inscription: “The fairytale romantic union of all the centuries. 29th April 2011.”
Retailing online for £9.99 (plus postage and packaging), the mug is a steal and will, undoubtedly, become the coveted Tickle Me Elmo doll of the Royal wedding season.