Earlier today (October 12) it was reported that Pippa Middleton had called off plans to promote her book Celebrate in the US and now it's been suggested that Pippa cancelled the tour out of respect for her sister Kate.
Pippa was all set to move Stateside to promote her new book about party planning and earn a fair bit of money in the process but the tour has reportedly been cancelled out of concerns it might draw further attention to Kate's topless photographs.
Popular Pip was said to be fielding interview offers from big names Oprah Winfrey, Anderson Cooper and Ellen DeGeneres, according to the New York Daily New. The newspaper adds that, according to marketing experts, the 29-year-old could have pocketed as much as $600, 000 from appearance fees.
The paper reports though, that insiders in the royal family are concerned about the attention such a high profile tour could draw to Kate's recent scandal. Pippa would almost certainly be asked about the photos and even if she could deflect the questions such discussion would not be great news for the Royal family who must be working hard to rebuild Kate's reputation:
“If Pippa is quizzed about Kate’s topless pictures, then whatever answer she gives will generate more news about the matter, and upset Will and Kate,” an unidentified source told the New York Daily News.
“Viking [her publisher] was hoping that there would be a huge swell of publicity for this book which would lead to sales. Nobody has really ever heard Pippa speak before and U.S. audiences are fascinated by her."
"This could have launched a new lucrative career here,” the source said.
The cancellation of the tour also looks to be hurting Viking: “Viking Press are in a bit of a pickle with publicity for Pippa’s long-awaited book,” a source told Radar Online. “They have tried to get Celebrate serialized in the States, but no one is interested in that. They just want a piece of Pippa.”