Where will Pippa Middleton rank in New York’s celebrity hierarchy?
She won’t cause a paparazzi frenzy like Beyonce, but she’ll likely generate more camera flashes than ho-hum Liv Tyler.
Pippa Middleton reportedly wants to flee the constant paparazzi in London and thinks she may find some solace here in Manhattan. A report surfaced today in Grazia magazine that the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister is considering moving to New York City.
Middleton gained worldwide fame last year, as the maid of honor when her sister, Kate, married Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge.
She had mulled packing her boxes for Paris, but after an April incident when a friend pointed a fake gun at the paparazzi, leading to bad press, she reportedly reconsidered.
After that incident, she hired a public relations firm to rehab her image, and reportedly aimed to shed the paparazzi, which voraciously follows her every step across the pond.
The move would also coincide with the launch of her party planning book, “Celebrate,” which hits bookstores in October.
But readers crave royal news here, too, said Albert Lee, executive editor of Us Weekly. This week’s issue celebrates William and Kate’s one-year anniversary.
“If she’s trying to get away from the press, she’s coming to the wrong city,” Lee said. “Pippa just walking down the street in a fashionable dress, people are interested. The second she lands, I’m sure we’ll be assigning reporters to cover her.”
He estimated that she would rank right smack in the middle of the city’s celebrity-soaked scene.
“I would say that Pippa is not quite yet at the level of a Beyonce photograph, but she’s certainly worth far more than a Courtney Love photograph,” Lee said.
And Steve Sands, longtime celebrity photographer and founder of New York Newswire photo agency, said if she’s trying to avoid camera flashes, she should hightail it to another city.
“She’s going to be stalked 24/7,” Sands said of the paparazzi. “They’re going to make her life miserable.”
Photos can reach up to $1 million for huge stars like Beyonce, Sands said, but added that Middleton probably couldn’t touch that stratosphere yet — unless she had a baby or got married.
“Pippa sitting at a Knicks game would be an awesome picture, or in Yankee Stadium, or with Derek Jeter. The minute that happens the world will collapse into itself,” said Jill Stempel, the New York bureau chief of the World Entertainment News Network.
Higher than Ivanka, lower than a Kardashian
Should she move here, Middleton will be a small fish in a big pond and face some royal competition for attention — and paparazzi photos. Jill Stempel, New York bureau chief of the World Entertainment News Network, said the famous Brit captures the public’s attention, but she’s nowhere near the level of Beyonce or Lady Gaga in terms of American popularity. Below, Stempel determines where Middleton, and others, fall in terms of gawk-worthiness:
2. Lady Gaga
3. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
4. Jen Aniston and Justin Theroux
5. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
6. Sarah Jessica Parker
8. Uma Thurman
9. Maggie Gyllenhaal
10. Liv Tyler
11. Katharine McPhee
12. Alexa Chung
13. Tinsley Mortimer
14. Ivanka Trump