Pippa Middleton in High-Society Fight Over ‘Simple and Comforting’ Book

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Pippa Middleton attends Day Ten of the 2012 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 5, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.
Pippa Middleton attends Day Ten of the 2012 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 5, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Pippa Middleton and British model Edie Campbell exchanged harsh words at a private members' club in London over the weekend, thus providing gossip for at least the next week of the upper class's high-tea get-togethers. The Daily Mail reports "some girly tittle-tattle going on about Pippa’s book" — as if finishing school in Switzerland taught the ladies nothing — with Campbell acting full Regina George. The resulting icy atmosphere meant Pippa had "to enquire as to whether there was some kind of problem ... It was a case of a bit of a few feathers being ruffled." So there'll be a chapter in Celebrate's sequel about how to deal with barbed comments over post-dinner drinks, definitely.

As if the "tittle-tattle" from her peers wasn't bad enough, Celebrate received mostly poor reviews in the British press. Pippa penned a response in the Telegraph over the weekend, justifying her foodie qualifications. Sadly, it did not read as follows: "My sister's going to be queen, so deal with it." Instead, she writes about skills learned at cookery courses, working in a pub (she "reached the dizzy heights of chief 'ciabatta roll-maker'"), and helping her mother in the kitchen as a child. She manages to throw in a quick plug for the Middleton clan's Party Pieces business, and champions Celebrate effusively:

"My book on entertaining has been a labour of love. I have put my heart and soul into it, obsessing over every detail. I could have written a book that showcased the most extravagant or elaborate of occasions — after all, I spent three years working for an events company planning parties — but I wanted to produce something that was achievable; something that people would have on their shelves for years; something that was not too fussy — just simple and comforting."

Haters gonna hate.