Pippa Middleton
Pippa Middleton, sister of the fiancee of Britain's Prince William, Kate Middleton, attends the wedding of Katie Percy and Patrick Valentine at Alnwick Castle in Alnwick, northeast England February 26, 2011. Reuters/Toby Melville

Pippa Middleton may have been thrown into the media’s spotlight by accident and association, but she is nevertheless experiencing some of fame’s repercussions. Some months before her wedding, hackers broke into the socialite’s iCloud account to obtain private photos.

Two individuals, a 36-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman, have since been arrested over the incident. The two were in Wellingborough and were arrested under suspicion of conspiracy to commit fraud, as well as the possession of false identity documents with improper intent. A property in Wellingborough has also been searched.

The arrests were from a claim last year that the socialite’s iCloud account had been hacked. Reportedly, the hackers tried to sell thousands of images to a national newspaper. The images apparently included unreleased photos of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their two children. Moreover, photos of Pippa in a wedding gown fitting and nude pictures of her fiance, James Matthews, were also said to be part of the mix.

A previous report by The Sun noted that the publication received an email from the hacker last year. The individual demanded “a minimum of EUR50,000 (AU$70,700)” within two days for the images and data from Pippa’s iCloud account. As proof, the hacker sent two photos of what seemed to be a wedding fitting. However, the dress Pippa was wearing was covered by a superimposed box. Another photo seemed to show the socialite’s mother, Carole Middleton, in a Church aisle.

“The man and woman were taken into custody at a south London police station and have since been bailed to return to the police station on a date in mid-March,” a spokesperson for the London Met Police said.

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