Harper Beckham celebrated her sixth birthday with a party fit for a queen, but not without a bit of royal controversy.
The six-year-old daughter of David and Victoria Beckham dressed like Elsa from “Frozen” for a tea party with several young pals at the Duke of York’s Buckingham Palace apartment early last week ahead of the youngster’s July 10 birthday.
On Tuesday, the fashion designer and mother of four posted a photo to Instagram of the birthday girl holding a balloon in the palace’s interior courtyard alongside the caption “Our little birthday princess x Kisses.”
A deluge of Internet chatter ensued with critics assuming the royal family opened the palace carte blanche to the Beckhams for an over-the-top children’s soiree with the British taxpayers footing the bill. But, according to a royal insider, the bill for refreshments at the intimate event was personally funded by the Duke of York.
“From time to time members of the royal family invite guests to visit them,” explained David Pogson, communications secretary to HRH The Duke of York, who asserted members of the royal family historically open their private residences to friends.
David Beckham, the former Manchester United midfielder, shared a photo with Harper and his mother, Sandra West,