LONDON -- The Duchess of Cambridge's younger sister Pippa Middleton and hedge fund manager James Matthews announced their engagement Tuesday, setting the stage for a celebrated society wedding in the coming year. The couple confirmed rumors in a statement to Britain's Press Association, saying they planned to marry in 2017. The statement came as Middleton appeared in photographs with a diamond engagement ring on her left hand as she left her London home. Princess Charlotte makes balcony debut at Queen's birthday Matthews got down on one knee while they were visiting the picturesque Lake District and proposed to the 32-year-old Middleton on Sunday. British media said they have been dating less than a year. Her elder sister, the former Kate Middleton, and Prince William said they were "absolutely delighted," by the news, Kensington Palace said. "They make a wonderful couple and we wish them every happiness together," said her father, Michael Middleton. Middleton played a prominent … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Pippa Middleton engaged to hedge fund manager James Matthews
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Could another royal wedding be on the horizon? American actress Meghan Markle and her boyfriend, Prince Harry, attended Pippa Middleton's wedding reception together. Middleton, the sister of Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, married British businessman James Matthews Saturday in Englefield's St. Mark's Church. She was reported to have strictly enforced a "no ring no bring" rule to her ceremony, meaning that since Harry and his girlfriend are neither engaged nor married, Markle was not permitted to attend the nuptials. Markle, did, however, accompany Harry, 32, to the private evening reception held at the Middleton family's home in Bucklebury, England. The "Suits" actress, 35, reportedly landed in London last Wednesday and was picked up by Harry Saturday afternoon following the church service. Many royals were on hand to watch Pippa wed her hedge fund manager fiancé — including her sister Kate, Prince William, and their two … [Read more...] about Meghan Markle attends Pippa Middleton’s wedding reception with Prince Harry
Near-royal nuptial fever is spiking. Wedding bells are set to ring on Saturday for Pippa Middleton, 33, and banking biggie James Matthews, 41 — and everybody wants to know what Kate Middleton’s little sister’s dress looks like. Frilly and fairy tale-y? A train? What? So far, who’s creating the gown and the style is still a mystery — and unless some leaky blabbermouth (Donald Trump, perhaps?) spills the beans, it’s apt to stay that way. Here’s what we know about the dress and the day. Gown and out British designer Giles Deacon is rumored to be one who’s creating Pippa’s frocktacular wedding dress, according to E! Why? He visited her with a garment bag. Known for having an artistic and adventurous eye, he’s dressed stars like Kate Hudson, Solange and Diana Agron. Never a bridesmaid Kate Middleton, whose formal title is Her … [Read more...] about 5 things you should know about Pippa Middleton’s wedding
Cheeri-whoa. A U.K.-based wedding planning website has broken down the costs of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews' wedding, and the final expenses require more than a stiff upper lip to swallow. In total, Bridebook estimates the upcoming May 20 event will cost as much as $320,113 — nearly 15 times the average. Here's a look at a few of the massive price tags that helped Pippa and James reach that princely sum. The dress — $13,000 Rumored to be crafted by 2006 British Fashion Designer of the Year Giles Deacon (formerly of Bottega Veneta and Gucci), Pippa's wedding gown could easily cost this much if Deacon's past creations are any indication. The veil — $2,590 Since apparently the veil doesn't come with the dress — how are people not talking about how big a scam that is? — Pippa has reportedly ordered her bridal flap from milliner Stephen Jones. And bridal flaps … [Read more...] about From luxury loos to an extravagant gown, how much Pippa Middleton’s wedding will cost
Pippa Middleton won’t be sharing any of the spotlight on her big day. The younger sister to Duchess of Cambridge, Kate, is finally getting her chance to walk down the aisle — six years after she stole the show at Kate and Prince William’s lavish Westminster Abbey ceremony in a bum-framing white gown. It seems the socialite, 33, who will marry her 41-year-old hedge fund fiancé James Matthews in May, has started up quite a squabble over the guest list for the ceremony. A source close to the royal family told The Sun that Middleton banned the groom's brother Spencer’s model girlfriend, Vogue Williams, from attending her wedding, revealing that “it’s clear she doesn’t want to be outshone” by any extras. Middleton reportedly isn't allowing people who have no ring on their left finger to the event. “Some people in the circle are pretty shocked because this is her future … [Read more...] about Pippa Middleton bans bombshell model Vogue Williams from her wedding, despite reports she’s dating groom’s brother
Royal watchers had a new in-law-in-waiting to gossip about Tuesday, with the news that Pippa Middleton is engaged to marry her financier boyfriend, James Matthews, next year.Sister Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and brother-in-law Prince William are delighted, according to a palace statement.But who is Matthews? He's 40, handsome and rich, a former race car driver-turned-hedge fund manager at Eden Rock Capital Management in London, where he made his millions. British celebrity reporters are no doubt digging further into his background now, but there's a fair bit known about him, according to the profiles already landing.The Evening Standard speculated that Pippa's nephew, Prince George, who turns 3 on Friday, might serve as a page boy at the wedding. Other media outlets rushed to acquire pictures of Pippa, 32, leaving her London home Tuesday, her octagonal diamond engagement ring flashing on her left hand.If Matthews sounds familiar, that's because … [Read more...] about Who is Pippa Middleton’s fiancé?
Pippa Middleton is getting married Saturday and you are not invited.Also barred from the celebration: Most of the media mob hoping to sneak a peek of her nuptials, her dress and her royal relations — especially nephew and niece Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who will be page boy and bridesmaid respectively — on the big day.Another prime target for the media: Meghan Markle, Prince Harry's American actress (Suits) girlfriend. Will she be in the church or just the reception? And what will she wear?Although this is a private wedding, as Pippa's publicist, Joy Milloy, has insisted, the presence of the young royals — older sister Duchess Kate of Cambridge, her husband, Prince William, Prince Harry, and her children, George and Charlotte — makes it a semi-public affair, if for nothing else but the security issues.The second, third, fourth and fifth-in-line to the throne will be there, so royal security will be there, along with a media … [Read more...] about Pippa Middleton’s wedding: What do we know?
Pippa Middleton is stingy with details about her upcoming wedding but we do learn one thing from her first post-engagement interview: Do not call her a "party girl" or a "socialite."The younger sister of Duchess Kate of Cambridge has substance, she said in an interview with the Mail on Sunday, her first since she said yes to multi-millionaire London financier James Matthews, 40, in July."People see me as someone privileged who has used my position to advantage, that I don't really work, that I am a socialite — that word really irritates me — and that I'm a party girl without any substance," she told the Mail.It's not true, says Pippa, 33, and to prove it she has a new book to wave around along with her gobsmacker of an engagement ring. She shows off the 3-carat diamond sparkler but remains mum on precisely when (sometime in 2017) and where the wedding will be, what kind of dress she'll wear … [Read more...] about Soon-to-wed Pippa Middleton says she resents being called ‘socialite.’
Will they or won't they? The burning question was answered Monday when Kensington Palace announced that royal toddlers, Prince George and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, will be in aunt Pippa Middleton's May wedding."Miss Pippa Middleton and Mr. James Matthews are pleased to confirm their wedding will take place at St Mark's Church, Englefield, on the morning of 20th May," the palace statement said. "Prince George (who is 3) will be a page boy, and Princess Charlotte (2 on May 2) will be a bridesmaid."Also attending will be the children's parents, Prince William and Duchess Kate of Cambridge, and uncle Prince Harry.The British royal media pack has been speculating on what role the royal children would play in the wedding since Middleton, 33, and Matthews, 41, announced their engagement in July.Kensington Palace has avoided commenting on other details of the nuptials because Middleton is not a royal. But since her royal relations are going to be there, including two … [Read more...] about Prince George, Princess Charlotte to be in Pippa Middleton’s May wedding
Pippa Middleton is back on the royal market. The 27-year-old British bombshell has split from her on-again, off-again boyfriend of three years, Alex Loudon, The Sun reports. A source told the British tabloid that Middelton and her ex-cricketer beau called it quits after weeks of fighting, including a heated spat that took place at a friend’s wedding two months ago. “It was just after the wedding that Alex was jealous of Pippa flirting with Prince Harry,” the source told The Sun. “But the truth is she and Harry are just mates.” The couple, who met on a blind date set up by mutual friends, briefly split in June 2011 but reunited soon after, Us Weekly reports. But this time, it looks like Middleton and Loudon are done for good. “She an Alex split briefly in the summer, but this time it’s over,” the source told The Sun. “They’re barely speaking.” The world’s most famous bridesmaid reportedly turned to older sis Kate to … [Read more...] about Pippa Middleton, boyfriend Alex Loudon split after more than one year together