Despicable. The public should then say 'congrats, ma'am, but we're not attending.'
I completely agree. If the queen or her organizers had any class, they would have not let Peter's firm apply for this knowing that it would look shady. However, just like every other royal family out there, there's nothing but shadiness and cronyism.
I'm sure the sugars will leap to her side and swear up and down that this is all above-board.
However, anybody with a brain knows it isn't.
I just can't form a solid opinion on old Pete & Autumn. Sure they stay out of the limelight 95% of the time, but every time they make headlines it seems to be for cashing in on other royals. (The Hello wedding spread, anyone?)
Didn't his uncle attempt to make money by sending a film crew to Scotland when a certain family member first went to university and every other press group had agreed to give him privacy? (Although he wasn't savvy enough to not get caught.) Making money off their family is nothing new.
But to be fair, many families keep the money in the family whenever possible, so in that respect they are no different.
Do I think Peter Philips followed all the rules? I wouldn't say that.
Do I think he got special preference? Absolutely.