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Report: Kate Middleton's Parents Giving 6 Figures to Royal Wedding

Celebrity Body Mar. 14, 2011 AT 5:37PM
Report: Kate Middleton's Parents Giving 6 Figures to Royal Wedding Credit: Stefan Rousseau - WPA Pool/Getty Images; Samir Hussein/WireImage.com

It's industry standard for the bride's parents to pick up the tab for the big day. . . unless of course she's marrying a member of the royal family.

But Kate Middleton's mom and pop are breaking with Palace tradition and contributing a hefty six-figure sum for their daughter's April 29th wedding to Prince William, a senior aide tells Vanity Fair.

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"It is something they absolutely wanted to do, and William graciously accepted," says the source.

Middleton's parents, Carole and Michael, worked for years in airline service. In 1987, they founded Party Pieces, a successful party supply company where Kate used to work.

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The Middletons' money won't make much of dent in the cost of the festivities, however, the wedding will reportedly boast a price tag of more than $10 million.

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"Kate's feet are still on the ground, largely because of Michael," a friend of the Middleton family tells the magazine. "He doesn't get too swept up in the grandeur of her new life, and Kate loves him for that."


 

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