Source says the toy was for "a game" with paparazzi, who'd been trailing Middleton during her Paris visit

By Kristin Boehm
April 17, 2012 12:40 PM

Pippa Middleton made headlines Monday, and this time the paparazzi shots were not so flattering.

Middleton, 28, the younger sister of Prince William‘s wife Kate, was in Paris for French aristocrat Arthur de Soultrait’s party when she was photographed smiling in the passenger seat of an Audi convertible as the driver of the car aimed a handgun directly at the photographer.

But the gun in question, it turns out, is a toy.

Aymeric de Drouas, spokesman for a French clothing company owned by Soultrait, told The Associated Press the gun in a photo published by British newspaper The Sun was a toy being used in “a game” with paparazzi, who’d been trailing them throughout Middleton’s visit.

Paris police say they are not investigating and have no complaint, according to The New York Times.