Monday 25 September 2017

Lady in Red Pippa Middleton puts split rumours to bed with boyfriend Nico Jackson

Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Pippa Middleton took the 'Roll Out the Red Ball' dress code quite literally last night.

Kate Middleton’s little sister turned heads in her red lace number as she hit the appropriately red carpet for the exclusive charity event, her first public appearance since returning from her lavish family holiday in Mustique.

Pippa (31) and her little brother James and the Duchess of Cambridge all celebrated their mother Carole's 60th birthday bash on the Caribbean island, but have kept details of the celebrations under lock and key.

Read more: Kate Middleton and Prince William teach Prince George to swim on Caribbean babymoon

Pippa Middleton attending the British Heart Foundation's Roll Out The Red Ball fundraiser at The Park Lane Hotel
Pippa Middleton attending the British Heart Foundation's Roll Out The Red Ball fundraiser at The Park Lane Hotel
Pippa Middleton attending the British Heart Foundation's Roll Out The Red Ball fundraiser. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
James Middleton and Donna Air attend the British Heart Foundation's Roll Out The Red Ball at Park Lane Hotel
Michelle Keegan attends the British Heart Foundations Roll Out The Red Ball at Park Lane Hotel
Oliver Proudlock and Emma Louise Connolly attend the British Heart Foundations Roll Out The Red Ball at Park Lane Hotel
Mollie King attends the British Heart Foundations Roll Out The Red Ball at Park Lane Hotel
Pippa Middleton at The Park Lane Hotel, Piccadilly, London. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Pippa Middleton. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

But she was back to business last night as she joined a host of famous faces at London's Park Lane Hotel for the British Heart Foundation's VIP event, also attended by James and his girlfriend Donna Air, actress Michelle Keegan and The Saturdays' Mollie King among others.

And she put on a united front with boyfriend Nico Jackson, who she has been dating since 2012, amid rumours of a split since he moved to Switzerland for his work.

The stockbroker was not on the guestlist for the Mustique trip, but sources have claimed that was down to tight security due to Kate, Prince William and Prince George's presence.

Read more: Pippa Middleton says she's 'still very close' with sister Kate Middleton

James Middleton and Donna Air attend the British Heart Foundation's Roll Out The Red Ball at Park Lane Hotel
James Middleton and Donna Air attend the British Heart Foundation's Roll Out The Red Ball at Park Lane Hotel

In October, it was reported that their relationship was "strained" amid the long distance.

"Long distance has been tough on them," an insider told Grazia. "It's difficult to find time for one another and Nico seems to be getting fed up with it all."

Before leaving the UK, it was believed that the pair were on the 'brink' of getting engaged and now it looks like things might be back on track.

Mollie King attends the British Heart Foundations Roll Out The Red Ball at Park Lane Hotel
Mollie King attends the British Heart Foundations Roll Out The Red Ball at Park Lane Hotel
Oliver Proudlock and Emma Louise Connolly attend the British Heart Foundations Roll Out The Red Ball at Park Lane Hotel
Oliver Proudlock and Emma Louise Connolly attend the British Heart Foundations Roll Out The Red Ball at Park Lane Hotel

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