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Kate Middleton, parents Michael and Carole sell the family business

Time to retire (maybe) for Michael and Carole Middletonparents of the Princess Kate of Wales. It was sold Party Pieces, the company specialized in items for parties and decorations created at the end of the eighties. to buy it, James Sinclair, CEO of Partyman, Company already owner of several realities related to the world of entertainment, which has not been slow to confirm its latest “business goal”, as it defined the acquisition on Instagram.

Carole and Michael Middlton have sold their company, Party Pieces ©Getty Images.

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The Middletons’ decision, according to what was reported by Sky News, would come after crisis that hit the industry during the pandemic. How much Sinclair bought up the Company is unknown, but it appears that Party Pieces had already been entrusted to bankruptcy trustees, due to a series of debts accumulated during the period of inactivity due to the Covid-19 emergency.

Thus ends a real one era for the history of the Middleton family. It was 1987 when Carole had the idea, thanks to the fifth birthday of her eldest daughter Kate. She wanted clown-themed dishes, but she couldn’t find them, so, in the kitchen at home, she started creating holiday-themed items, from party bags, intended to contain sweets or small gifts for party guests, to gradually more elaborate supplies, up to transforming that first intuition into a real business.

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«Party Pieces literally grew up with my family»Carole Middleton told just a year ago a Sheer Luxe, proud of that creature that arrived almost by accident. The three children have always collaborated. “Pippa wrote our blog Party Times, James made the cakes when he first left school and Catherine developed the 1st birthday and children’s category.” In the beginning, nothing was easy. “My husband and I were young and a little inexperienced but very enthusiastic, so we didn’t worry too much,” added the woman, underlining how every hitch managed to give them even more energy. “We did it all by ourselves. Taking orders, filling boxes and sometimes making deliveries, even the kids were often there after school. Party items were a relatively new idea back then, so we worked hard to build our customer base and mostly relied on a few letters or phone calls for feedback.” Other times now, but still indelible.

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Source: Vanity Fair

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