Sunday 24 September 2017

Why Kate Middleton might not be a bridesmaid at Pippa's wedding

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and her sister Pippa Middleton (L) watch from the Royal Box before the men's singles final match between Britain's Andy Murray and Switzerland's Roger Federer on Centre Court on day 13 of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and her sister Pippa Middleton (L) watch from the Royal Box before the men's singles final match between Britain's Andy Murray and Switzerland's Roger Federer on Centre Court on day 13 of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships
Pippa Middleton with sister Kate at the royal wedding in 2011
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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)
Sisters Kate and Pippa Middleton in 2011
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Her sister might be the world's most famous bridesmaid, but Kate Middleton isn't keen for the roles to be reversed when it comes to Pippa's big day.

It's uncertain whether the Duchess of Cambridge will feature in  her younger sister's bridal party when she weds hedge fund manager James Matthews next year. The socialite and hotel heir became engaged earlier this month after he popped the question during a romantic stroll in the Lake District.

But according to royal expert Judy Wade, it's unlikely the future Queen of England will act as matron of honour for Pippa so as to not steal the spotlight from her sister.

"Kate would upstage her sister. It's a tricky situation for Pippa. She would want her sister by her side, as who else would she trust to make things go well," she told People.

Sisters Kate and Pippa Middleton in 2011
Sisters Kate and Pippa Middleton in 2011

"But if your sister is a future Queen, she is going to upstage the bride and draw attention. Kate would want to be in the background as much as possible."

Wade speculates their youngest brother James will step up as a groomsmen and Pippa's niece and nephew Princess Charlotte and Prince George might feature as well.

After speculation of an engagement, the pair confirmed the news to the Press Association tn a statement, saying they will wed in 2017 in what will undoubtedly be the celebrity and society wedding of the year.

"Miss Pippa Middleton and Mr James Matthews are delighted to announce they became engaged on Sunday 17th July and plan to marry next year," they said in the statement.

Pippa Middleton with sister Kate at the royal wedding in 2011
Pippa Middleton with sister Kate at the royal wedding in 2011

Pippa and James have only made two public appearances together during their eight month courtship - during a ski trip in Lillehammer and at Wimbledon earlier this month.

The Matthews family own the exclusive Eden Rock Hotel & Villa resort on the island, frequented by wealthy jet-setters, while James' younger brother is reality tv lothario Spencer, who is confirmed for the upcoming season of I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!

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)
The Royal Christening party
The Royal Christening party

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