Carole Middleton's company collapse results in family businesses losing £450,000

Carole Middleton

Carole Middleton's company collapse results in family businesses losing £450,000

Dorothy Reddin

By Dorothy Reddin

Published: 24/12/2023

- 11:15

Updated: 24/12/2023

- 11:18

The mother of Princess Kate founded her Party Pieces business in 1987

Carole Middleton's company collapsing has resulted in a string of family businesses losing £450,000.

Party Pieces, the business run by the Princess of Wales's parents, went bust earlier this year, causing the couple to "keep a low profile".

Administrators do not expect small firms that supplied balloons, toys and party bags to get their money back, according to a newly released report.

Carole and Michael's business also owes £613,000 in unpaid VAT, which is "unlikely" to be repaid, the report by the administrators, Interpath Advisory, suggests.

Kate Middleton and Carole Middleton

Kate's parents founded Party Pieces in 1987


Party Pieces, which sold decorations and party paraphernalia for children’s events, was founded by Carole, 68, and Michael, 74, in 1987.

It was once reported to be worth a whopping £30million.

However, the coronavirus pandemic hit the business hard and it collapsed into administration in June with a reported £2.6million in debts.

Administrators warned at the time that unsecured creditors are unlikely to receive their money back.

Carole Middleton and Michael Middleton

Carole and Michael Middleton at last year's Christmas carol concert


A new report released last week shows it is extremely unlikely that suppliers will be repaid.

It states: "Based on current estimates, we do not expect there to be a dividend to unsecured creditors."

One such business unlikely to be repaid is Sultani Gas, a Kent-based company that supplied Party Pieces with helium for its balloons.

James Sinclair, who bought Party Pieces for £180,000 without its debts, said in a statement: "Where we can, we have retained as many suppliers as possible."

GB News has approached Sinclair and Carole Middleton's representatives for comment.

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Carole Middleton and Michael MiddletonCarole and Michael Middleton prefer to 'keep a low profile'PA

This comes as Carole and Michael Middleton put on a brave face while attending their daughter Kate's Together At Christmas carol concert on December 8.

Carole looked lovely wearing a striking velvet ensemble.

The businesswoman teamed her black high-waisted trousers with a matching top and a double-breasted cropped blazer from Great Scot.

The Christmas carol concert will air tonight at 7.45pm on ITV 1.

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