07/15/2011

Palace nixes $770,000 wedding pix deal

Zara Phillips’ plan to sign an exclusive wedding photo deal with a magazine has been derailed by Buckingham Palace, the Daily Mail reports.

Zara Phillips, the daughter of Princess Anne, is set to marry rugby star Mike Tindall (right) in Edinburgh on July 30. Although it is a private wedding, it will be a Royal Family affair with the guest list including the Queen and the newlywed Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

A royal official confirmed to the Mail that a deal with Hello! magazine for exclusive photos of the wedding and reception was discussed, but ruled out. The deal would have been worth a half million pounds, or about $770,000 Canadian.

Phillips is not happy with the Palace’s decision, according to a source quoted by the Mail.

Although she is the daughter of a princess, Phillips has no royal title and is not on the public payroll. She makes her living primarily through sponsorship deals connected with her career as a world-class equestrian.

That might give her the right to make a buck, but it’s likely she doesn’t want to get on the wrong side of her family, with whom she is very close.

The Queen was reportedly not amused when Zara’s brother, Peter, made a deal with Hello! for exclusive photos of  his wedding and reception in 2008 to Canadian Autumn Kelly. In that instance, the family was not consulted and it considered the deal cheapened the royal image.

For Zara’s wedding, a small group of commercial photographers will be limited to recording the arrivals and departures at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

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With no official role in the royal circus, and she and her fiance both celebrities in their own rights apparently, Zara Philipps ought to do what she wants in terms of selling her wedding photos or not.

The Queen obviously shows favouritism to Charles's children.

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