A mystery crank who hung sordid posters denouncing the family of Kate Middleton around the village where they live has struck again, MailOnline has learned.
The latest night-time action comes just a fortnight after the twisted hate-campaign posters were first stuck up around the village of Bucklebury in Berkshire, where the parents of The Princess of Wales have lived for several decades.
Kate’s brother, James, 36, who lives nearby with his pregnant French wife Alizee, 33, was said to have been enraged by the posters, and was reportedly seen tearing them down.
Now MailOnline has learned that another series of offensive posters aimed at the Middleton family and citing their collapsed business were stuck up overnight last night.
New posters slamming her family and using a scantily clad model appeared overnight outside a farm owned by the Middletons – and on trees nearby.
A mystery crank who hung sordid posters denouncing the family of Kate Middleton around the village where they live has struck again, MailOnline has learned
The latest night-time action comes just a fortnight after the twisted hate-campaign posters were first stuck up around the village of Bucklebury in Berkshire, where the parents of The Princess of Wales, Michael and Carole Middleton, have lived for several decades
The new outrageous posters refer to the Middleton’s Party Pieces Holdings Ltd
Most were quickly removed by villagers who are supportive of their local celebrity family but at least one was still visible this afternoon.
Villagers said the new posters were aimed at stirring up local hatred against the family – but that they had found only support.
Sharon, Fry, 49, a mother of four, who lives in the village said: ‘The Middletons are a very decent family.
‘This is their home. And they shouldn’t have to put up with this kind of rubbish.
‘My daughter works at the farm, and I know that the staff have been taking them down when they have seen them.
‘I have seen William and Kate here.
‘In fact I have seen William and Kate here. I nearly once ran William over when he was riding his bike along here. He just smiled at me. His security were ahead of
‘The Middletons are very nice people and they run the farm really well. It has a place for kids to play and is looking really good this halloween.’
The Princess of Wales’ parents Carol and Michael still live in the village. Her younger sister, Pippa has also set up home there with her hedge fund tycoon husband and theor three children.
Kate’s brotherJames and his French wife have moved into a £1.45 million, 17th-century farmhouse in neighbouring Stanford Dingley, where they are expecting their first child.
The new outrageous posters refer to the Middleton’s Party Pieces Holdings Ltd.
They feature a model in pink bodice taken from the seedy Only Fans site.
Another resident Sue Rixon, who was with her family at the Middleton owned Bucklebury Farm, said: ‘we shouldn’t be seeing these posters.
‘They are very rude and completely out of keeping with this area. This is a quiet, idyllic place
‘Whoever did this has placed them right outside the farm gate where children can see them.
As it’s half term there are a lot of children about. This is not very good. I hope anybody sees them takes them down.’
Another resident who had ripped down posters himself also hit out.
He said: I am extremely concerned. I have just was on my morning walk with my dog around the village and yet again we have been targeted, with some form of campaign against the Middleton family.
Resident Sue Rixon, who was with her family at the Middleton owned Bucklebury Farm, said: ‘we shouldn’t be seeing these posters’
The posters reference the collapse earlier this year of the Middletons’ business, Party Pieces, and demand the couple pay back those left in debt. Pictured: Carole Middleton with her three children promoting Party Pieces in 1989
Dozens of A4 laminated posters have been stapled to trees, church noticeboards and lampposts by someone creeping around in the dead of night
‘This is now the second time in two weeks we have had attention brought to our doorsteps . We are a sleepy village – this is really disrupting the village life and I for one and other residents) are becoming frustrated.
‘I have torn down over 10 posters and I am sure there are more!
‘I am also very outraged at the promotion of this website.’
The posters began after suppliers have been left out of pocket by the closure of Party Pieces, which was sold by Kate’s mother Carole, 68, and father Michael, 74, shortly before it went bust earlier this year.
The creditors have been calling on the couple to pay the outstanding sums out of their own pockets.
Party Pieces folded in the summer with £2.6 million of debts.
The firm was started by the Middletons in 1987, selling decorations and party paraphernalia for children’s events from catalogues.
Its business model was transformed by the internet revolution of the 1990s, which allowed the Party Pieces website to begin selling products to customers at home and abroad.
The company’s soaring profits are said to have helped the couple put their three children through the prestigious Marlborough College, where fees are £42,000 per year, as well as paid for their £5 million seven-bedroom Georgian manor house in Bucklebury.
But the firm was badly hit by the pandemic, when children’s parties had to be cancelled, and then the cost-of-living crisis caused the business to slump further.
In June, after 36 years in business, Party Pieces went under, just a fortnight after it had emerged that the company had been sold to a Scottish businessman named James Sinclair, having collapsed into administration.
Former British Airways stewardess Carole was said by a friend at the time to be ‘desperately sad’ at the company’s fate.
Other friends said that she was trying to make sure creditors were paid.
However, suppliers have since criticised the couple, claiming invoices were left unpaid before the firm went bust.
An administrator’s report revealed creditors were unlikely to be repaid cash they were owed.
Positioned to attract maximum attention, posters have appeared close to shops, churches, the entrance to a village cricket ground and right outside Yattendon village hall where, every Wednesday evening, locals queue for freshly-cooked fish and chips from the visiting Go Fish mobile van.
Outraged residents – who, for the most part, are protective of their royally-connected neighbours – have not seen the individual responsible, and have certainly been doing their best to rip down the offending posters as fast as they appear.
They have been joined by none other than a furious James Middleton himself who, the Mail has learnt, dashed into Yattendon Village Stores and Post Office earlier this month after one was seen stuck to the sycamore tree outside.
‘He was not happy and wanted to know if we had seen any more. He wanted them taken down,’ says 57-year-old Teri Muggeridge, assistant manager at the store which is situated six miles from Bucklebury and three miles from James’s Stanford Dingley home.