Thursday 23 March 2017

Why Kate Middleton will be playing a backseat role at sister Pippa's 'low key' wedding

Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

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
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 and James Middleton with Earl Grosvenor (centre), whose father, the billionaire landowner the Duke of Westminster, has died aged 64
Pippa Middleton's engagement ring. Picture: Philip Toscano/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Bute Mills in Luton, to tour the facilities of national charity Youthscape. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Pippa Middleton and James Middleton Finish the London To Brighton Bike Ride For British Heart Foundation on June 21, 2015 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
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)
Kiss me Kate: Prince William kisses his new wife in front of the world's media in 2011. Photo Getty images
Pippa and James Middleton in the royal box on day One of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon
Best man Prince Harry and Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton on the balcony at Buckingham Palace after the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton on April 29, 2011
Pippa Middleton, sister of the Duchess of Cambridge goes for a run outside her London home a day after she announced her engagement to financier James Matthews. Picture: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Kate Middleton is determined not to steal the spotlight when her sister Pippa weds next year.

Pippa, who recently announced her engagement to hedge fund manager James Matthews after less than a year of dating, will walk up the aisle next May and is determined to keep it a "low key" affair.

The Duchess of Cambridge (35) was tipped to act as maid of honour when the party planner weds, but it's now reported that she will play a supporting role in order to avoid taking the limelight away from the bride on her big day.

Pippa is reportedly preparing for an intimate "no frills" wedding with just 150 guests in attendance as they exchange vows at the family's hometown church and a party later at her parents home in Berkshire.

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)

Royal author Judy Wade said she believes Kate will likely perform a reading at her sister's ceremony instead of featuring in the bridal party in order to stick to royal conduct.

"Kate would upstage her sister [if she were maid of honor]. 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? . . . 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," she told People.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte are said to be acting as flowergirl and ringbearer on the day.

Meanwhile, Kate and Pippa's younger brother James said he was "proud" of his sisters, despite the fact it can be difficult to live in their shadow at times - which goes all the way back to their pre-royal lives.

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

"It’s always been, whether at school or now, that I am Pippa and Catherine’s little brother. It’s probably going to be the story of my life. [But] I am James Middleton. I am very proud to be 'the little brother of…' but, equally, they are proud that I am who I am," he told the Daily Mail.

Pippa and James Middleton in the royal box on day One of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon
Pippa and James Middleton in the royal box on day One of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon

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