Pippa Middleton has spoken for the first time about her rise to fame saying she finds it startling to be globally known for her brother-in-law, her sister and her bum.
In a new book, she writes: “It is a bit startling to achieve global recognition (if that’s the right word) before the age of 30, on account of your sister, your brother-in-law and your bottom.
“One day, I might be able to make sense of this.
"In the meantime I think it's fair to say that it has its upside and its downside. I certainly have opportunities many can only dream of – but in most ways I'm a typical girl in her 20s trying to forge a career and represent herself in what can sometimes seem rather strange circumstances.
“[But] I can assure you that it feels even stranger to me than it probably does to you to have seen so much written about me when I have done so little to paint a picture of myself."
But she adds that she is an optimist and therefore tends to "concentrate on the advantages".
Pippa makes her comments in Celebrate: A Year of British Festivities for Families and Friends, a party-planning guide based on her experience with her family’s business, Party Pieces.
It was reported that the deal for the book, with publisher Michael Joseph, was worth €500,000. It includes seasonal recipes, as well recollections of her childhood, including Bonfire Night and playing conkers.
"We all used to get really competitive," she writes.
"The trick was to paint clear nail varnish on the conkers to make them very tough and less likely to break – outrageous cheating of course!"