Princess Kate’s parents are still furious about Party Pieces’ unpaid expenses, as dozens of A4 laminated posters are glued to trees, church noticeboards, and lampposts.
A malevolent poster campaign targeting the future King’s well-heeled in-laws is said to be targeting Bucklebury’s first family.
The posters have been placed near stores, churches, the entrance to a village cricket ground, and directly outside Yattendon village hall, where villagers line every Wednesday evening for freshly cooked fish and chips from the visiting Go Fish mobile van, according to the statement.
According to a source, enraged residents – who, for the most part, are protective of their royally-connected neighbors – have not spotted the individual responsible, and have been doing their best to remove the offending posters as soon as they emerge.
They have been joined by none other than an enraged James Middleton, who stormed into Yattendon Village Stores and Post Office earlier this month when one was seen affixed to a sycamore tree outside.
Teri Muggeridge, 57, assistant manager at the supermarket six miles from Bucklebury and three miles from James’ home in Stanford Dingley: “‘He was not happy and wanted to know if we had seen any more.” He wanted them taken down.”
Postmaster Eugene Smit said: “There were lots of these posters all over the area and I removed every single one.
“I am not going to tolerate this in our village. The family has been here for years. They are great citizens. This just doesn’t wash.”
Some vendors are said to be upset because they are still owed money following the collapse of Party Pieces.
The Middletons, who founded the company in 1987, sold it soon before it went bankrupt this summer.
“I don’t know how anybody could do something so cruel,” says an old lady living near the cricket pitch in Yattendon, which acts as a communal hub for numerous surrounding communities and appears to have been at the center of the poster campaign.
Leanne Brown, 37, who owns the florist, said she doesn’t believe these were locals’ acts, calling them “completely out of character” for the area.
James, 36, lives in the region with his 33-year-old French wife, Alizee. Carole and Michael are also expecting their first child, which will be their seventh grandchild.
Pippa, 40, shares a home with her husband, James Matthews, and their three children, Arthur, Grace, and Rose.
Prince William is also known to have a close relationship with his in-laws and to see his wife frequently.