Friday 26 May 2017

Pippa Middleton's fiancé quits as director of brother's TV production company

James Matthews cuts business ties with brother Spencer

Pippa Middleton and James Matthews attend church on Christmas Day on December 25, 2016 in Bucklebury, Berkshire. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Pippa Middleton and James Matthews attend church on Christmas Day on December 25, 2016 in Bucklebury, Berkshire. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Pippa Middleton and James Matthews attend day nine of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on July 06, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Pippa Middleton and James Matthews attend day nine of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on July 06, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Pippa Middleton and James Matthews. Picture: Splash News
The Duchess of Cambridge and sister Pippa Middleton (left) attending the the Men's Singles Final during day thirteen of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon
Pippa Middleton with Spencer Matthews in St Barts. Picture: Splash News

Karen Birney

Pippa Middleton's fiancé James Matthews has stepped down from his position as director of his brother's production company.

The hedge fund manager, who is due to wed Kate Middleton's younger sister on the 20th of May, is reportedly leaving Pug Productions Ltd., which he set up with brother Spencer five years ago.

Made in Chelsea star Spencer - Pippa's soon-to-be brother-in-law - has had his party-boy lifestyle in the gossip columns again recently with his new romance with Irish model Vogue Williams, who has said that she will not be attending the upcoming wedding due to a previous engagement.

"Spencer had high hopes of the company," an insider told the Daily Mail. "He wanted to move into acting and his brother was happy to help him."

Vogue Williams & Spencer Matthews leaving RTE studios together where Vogue was a guest on Brendan O'Connor's Cutting Edge
Vogue Williams & Spencer Matthews leaving RTE studios together where Vogue was a guest on Brendan O'Connor's Cutting Edge

It's reported that Spencer was "told in no uncertain terms to be on his best behaviour in the run-up to the wedding" and keep the spotlight on the bride and groom.

"His family know there will be a lot of attention, and they want it to be focused on Pippa and James for their big day — not on him."

James' representatives have played down the resignation, stating that the company was "in the process of being wound down."

Pippa and James became engaged last July during a romantic weekend getaway to the Lake District, where James popped the question with a diamond sparkler reportedly worth over $250,000.

Pippa Middleton and James Matthews attend day nine of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on July 06, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Pippa Middleton and James Matthews attend day nine of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on July 06, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

They had been dating for less than a year, but had previously enjoyed a brief romance back in 2012.

Thanks to Pippa's royal connections, the wedding is sure to be a massive draw for photographers worldwide, especially after the recent confirmation that her sister Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge's, two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, are in the bridal party.

A representative for Catherine and husband Prince William's London residence, Kensington Palace, confirmed three-year-old George will serve as a page boy, while little Charlotte, who turns two in May, will be a bridesmaid.

It is not believed the Duchess will be a part of the bridal party, preferring instead to let her kids shine alongside their aunt, who caught the world's attention by wearing a figure-hugging Alexander McQueen dress as Catherine's maid of honour at her 2011 wedding to Prince William.

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