Carole Middleton's 'embarrassment' over Prince William and Kate's wedding revealed

The Party Pieces businesswoman tried to remedy the issue with a series of "B-list sidebar events"

Carole Middleton at Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding
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Carole Middleton was reportedly left 'embarrassed' at Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding after none of her guests 'made the cut' for the royal wedding reception.

Carole Middleton was said to be feeling "embarrassed' after none of her guests were invited to Prince William and Kate's royal wedding (opens in new tab).

The Party Pieces businesswoman, who is the mother of Kate Middleton, reportedly played a key role in Kate and Will's love story (opens in new tab),  and when the lovebirds decided to marry, it was decided that they would share the costs of the wedding with the Queen and King Charles, who was a prince back then.

But despite footing a reported £250k bill, Carole Middleton reportedly did not get to invite who she wanted to the evening reception.

Royal biographer Giles Brandreth, made the claims in his new book Elizabeth: An intimate portrait. He explained,“Generations of royal in-laws have complained about being airbrushed out of the picture once the union is announced, but William, who now called Michael Middleton ‘Dad’, made it clear that his in-laws were not going to suffer the same fate.”

He continued: “Palace aides told the Telegraph that the Middletons and the Royal Family will play an ‘equal part’ in the couple’s lives. Quite so.

"Except that the Middletons found that none of their guests made the cut for the post-wedding reception at Buckingham Palace.”

He went on to describe it as an 'embarrassment' for Carole, who decided to overcome it by "hosting a flurry of B-list sidebar events".

But it doesn't look like it's harmed anything as since then Carole Middleton has played an active part in their lives, with Prince William and Kate said to be raising their children Prince George, Princess charlotte and Prince Louis the 'Carole Middleton' way (opens in new tab).

And earlier this year Kate Middleton revealed signs that she was being 'shaped' by her mother for her royal passion (opens in new tab) of photography.

Selina Maycock
Senior Entertainment Writer

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 15 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for, Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.