Sunday 20 August 2017

Pippa Middleton 'likened to a dog' in best man's speech that leaves 'guests squirming'

Pippa Middleton, the sister of Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrives with her father Michael Middleton for her wedding to James Matthews at St Mark's Church in Englefield, west of London, on May 20, 2017. REUTERS/Justin Tallis/Pool
Pippa Middleton, the sister of Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrives with her father Michael Middleton for her wedding to James Matthews at St Mark's Church in Englefield, west of London, on May 20, 2017. REUTERS/Justin Tallis/Pool
General View of the glass marquee which was used for the wedding reception of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews. (Photo by Neil P. Mockford/Getty Images)
Spencer Matthews (centre), the brother of groom James Matthews, stands at the entrance of St Mark's Church in Englefield, ahead of his brother's wedding to Pippa Middleton. Pic: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire
Spencer Matthews, brother of the groom, greets Britain's Princes William and Harry outside the church ahead of the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews at St Mark's Church in Englefield
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The best man's speech is said to have ruffled a few feathers at Pippa Middleton and James Matthews wedding reception.

Best man Justin Johannsen's speech reportedly entered the realm of bad taste and left some of the 300 wedding guests "squirming in their seats".

Johannsen, who is a long-time friend of James Matthews, delivered his speech at 11.30pm after a five-course in the £100,00 glass marquee on the grounds of the Middleton family home.

He opened by thanking guests for making the journey to the wedding and paid tribute to the flower girls and page boys who helped make the day "special".

Spencer Matthews (centre), the brother of groom James Matthews, stands at the entrance of St Mark's Church in Englefield, ahead of his brother's wedding to Pippa Middleton. Pic: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire
Spencer Matthews (centre), the brother of groom James Matthews, stands at the entrance of St Mark's Church in Englefield, ahead of his brother's wedding to Pippa Middleton. Pic: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire

But it's reported the tone went downhill quickly with a string of lewd gags, including references to lads' weekends, gay bars and the bride's bottom.

The Daily Mail report that the best man compared Pippa to James' spaniel Rafa, quipping: "Now, to the love of James' life. Beautiful, energetic, loyal, soft mouth, comes on command, great behind - that's enough about James' spaniel Rafa."

Earlier in the speech, Johannsen was kinder to Pippa, praising her "gutsiness, spirit and beauty" and describing the bride as "the image of perfection".

General View of the glass marquee which was used for the wedding reception of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews. (Photo by Neil P. Mockford/Getty Images)
General View of the glass marquee which was used for the wedding reception of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews. (Photo by Neil P. Mockford/Getty Images)
Pippa Middleton (L) and her new husband James Matthews leave St Mark's Church in Englefield, west of London, on May 20, 2017 following their wedding ceremony.
Pippa Middleton (L) and her new husband James Matthews leave St Mark's Church in Englefield, west of London, on May 20, 2017 following their wedding ceremony.
Spencer Matthews, brother of the groom, greets Britain's Princes William and Harry outside the church ahead of the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews at St Mark's Church in Englefield
Spencer Matthews, brother of the groom, greets Britain's Princes William and Harry outside the church ahead of the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews at St Mark's Church in Englefield

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