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Pippa Middleton, sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, poses for photographers to promote her first book "Celebrate", on the subject of party planning, in London October 25, 2012. (Neil Hall/Reuters)

Pippa Middleton, sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, poses for photographers to promote her first book "Celebrate", on the subject of party planning, in London October 25, 2012.

(Neil Hall/Reuters)

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Pippa Middleton has a hot body, she is the sister of a duchess and she has just launched a book about how to throw parties.

And for some people, all of this is reason enough to hate her.

Indeed, loathing Pippa Middleton appears to be a thing.  In the weekend edition of The Telegraph, columnist Katy Brand explored this escalating sentiment in an article titled “We love to hate Pippa Middleton.”

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Brand prefaced the piece by insisting that she, herself, has nothing against Middleton, especially having never met the girl. But at the root of Pippa backlash, she opines, are two possible explanations: the fact that her family is middle class and that they are perceived to be “capitalising on their newfound royal connections.”

Doesn’t this just sound like plain old-fashioned jealousy and resentment?

Granted, detractors might point to the article Middleton wrote for The Telegraph, which she used to promote, Celebrate, her guide to entertaining. She begins the column by using f-word… foodie. Even worse, she lists a passionfruit martini among her favourite drinks. Sigh.

Pippa traces her love of cooking – pig’s cheeks, ox tongue and pigeon breast salad, no less – to spending time in her mother’s kitchen, a cookery course and working as a kitchen assistant in Berkshire. Those not put off by the sounds of a “salmon and prawn pillow” might find the article’s tone a bit, how to say, breathless to a crisp?

But to hate her because she threw a Scandinavian-themed New Year’s party with a Nordic dress code and Swedish cuisine: way harsh, no?

Brant, for her part, only takes issue with the 29-year-old referring to herself “as ‘a writer.’” Fair enough. Moreover, she points out that people are not being forcibly coerced into liking Pippa.

It’s just that she makes herself so easy to roast.

What are your thoughts on Pippa Middleton?

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