Tuesday 19 September 2017

Who is James Matthews? Everything we know about Pippa Middleton's fiancé

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 with sister Kate at the royal wedding in 2011
Pippa Middleton and fiancé James Matthews attends Birkenbeinerrennet ski race with fiancé James Matthews on March 19, 2016 in Lillehammer, Norway. (Photo by Ragnar Singsaas/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 09: Spencer Matthews attends the European Premiere of "Entourage" at Vue West End on June 9, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
HARROGATE, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Prince Harry and Prince William, Duke after Stage 1 of the Tour De France on July 5, 2014 in Harrogate, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

News broke on Tuesday that Kate Middleton's sister Pippa had gotten engaged, but who's her fiancé?

The couple are set to marry in 2017, with no doubt that it will be one of the most talked about weddings since William and Kate wed five years ago.

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Pippa Middleton with sister Kate at the royal wedding in 2011

Here’s everything we know about James Matthews:

The basics

James is 40-years-old, while Pippa is 32. His parents David and Jane own luxury St Barts hotel Eden Rock, which is listed as one of the Top 100 hotels in the world.

James and Pippa dated before

Pippa and James are reported to have dated in 2012, before rekindling at the end of last year.

He loves sport

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Pippa Middleton and fiancé James Matthews attends Birkenbeinerrennet ski race with fiancé James Matthews on March 19, 2016 in Lillehammer, Norway. (Photo by Ragnar Singsaas/Getty Images)
 

Like his wife-to-be, James has a keen interest in athletics. The pair even competed in a 54km skiing marathon in Norway earlier this year, which they finished in six hours.

He’s a savvy businessman

James is a hedge fund manager, meaning he controls investments while trying to maximise profit and reduce loss. He’s also the chief executive officer of Eden Rock Capital Management, named after his parents’ hotel.

His brother is a Made In Chelsea star

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 09: Spencer Matthews attends the European Premiere of "Entourage" at Vue West End on June 9, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
 

Recognise his surname? James’ brother is Spencer Matthews, one of the stars of reality show Made In Chelsea. The show follows the lives of young wealthy socialites in London, and has run since 2011. No doubt Spencer will be delighted about becoming related to royalty.

His second brother died climbing Mount Everest

James and Spencer’s brother Michael died while climbing Mount Everest in 1999. At 22-years-old, Michael was the youngest Briton to have summited the mountain. He died while descending the mountain, and his family have gone on to create the Michael Matthews Foundation in his memory.

He attended the same school as William and Harry   

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HARROGATE, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Prince Harry and Prince William, Duke after Stage 1 of the Tour De France on July 5, 2014 in Harrogate, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
 

School friends last for life, right? Coincidentally, James went to the same school as Prince William and Prince Harry. The three attended private boarding school Eton College in Windsor.

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