David and Victoria are not happy bunnies with the fashion house Ralph Lauren after they used their sons (Brooklyn, 7 with the sunglasses and David Beckham haircut and little Romeo 4) for publicity without their knowledge or payment. The Beckhams were beyond pissed after Ralph Lauren released this press release on Tuesday
“Polo Ralph Lauren is pleased to announce that Brooklyn and Romeo Beckham wore the children’s Wimbledon blazer by Ralph Lauren to the christening of Geri Halliwell’s daughter Bluebell, 22nd April 07.
It added, “Please note that these photos are not the property of Polo Ralph Lauren, for reference only”, and gave details on where to buy the actual pictures.
By Wednesday Ralph Lauren were already backtracking with this email: “With reference to the information below, please be aware that this was not circulated with the co-operation of the Beckhams, and attention to the children is not endorsed.”
However the Beckhams were already angry, an insider reveals:
“Victoria and David are fiercely protective of their three sons and went apoplectic when they discovered what Ralph Lauren had done. Neither of them gave their consent for this - as far as they were concerned they went to a friend’s private christening with their kids. It’s one thing if they are on the red carpet or at a showbiz bash, but this is just ridiculous - and totally irresponsible.
They couldn’t believe that Ralph Lauren seemed to be going out of its way to encourage people to use pictures of their children. It’s exploitative and was clearly done to boost sales of the clothes. It is upsetting for them as parents to constantly have to deal with photographers taking snaps of their kids - Romeo especially gets upset when the flashbulbs go off.”
Yesterday, the Beckhams’ spokesperson wouldn’t comment further, while a Ralph Lauren spokesperson said: “The issue has been resolved.” Which probably means that the Beckham family will be getting lots and lots of free Ralph Lauren clothes in the very near future.