Saturday 24 February 2018

Pippa enjoys love match with beau at Wimbledon

Emily Gosden

PIPPA Middleton put a stop to speculation over her love life when she arrived at Wimbledon yesterday with her boyfriend Alex Loudon.

Rumours that Ms Middleton's on-off relationship with the Old Etonian cricketer might be 'off' for good were fuelled when she was pictured out in the company of other eligible men.

Since the royal wedding, where her figure-hugging bridesmaid dress won her legions of new admirers, Ms Middleton (27) has enjoyed a high public profile but Mr Loudon (30) has barely been seen.

Last month, Ms Middleton travelled to Madrid in the company of friends and her ex-boyfriend George Percy (26), the son of the Duke of Northumberland. She was pictured with Mr Percy again at the French Open tennis tournament in Paris.

Then, earlier this month, she competed in the Blenheim Triathlon and was pictured crossing the finish line with a male friend, sparking further rumours, though pals of Ms Middleton insisted that her relationship with Mr Loudon remained solid.

Yesterday, she beamed as she arrived at the All England Club hand-in-hand with Mr Loudon to watch the action on Centre Court. She wore a bright orange-red dress and sunglasses.

Mr Loudon once played cricket for England but retired from Warwickshire in 2007 and currently works as a financial analyst.

Meanwhile, her sister Kate will cement her status as a worldwide fashion symbol when her first foreign tour begins tomorrow, having packed more than 30 outfits for the 11-day trip.

The duchess (29) will wear up to three different outfits each day she is in North America, providing a potential bonanza for the clothes' designers.

In the past, an endorsement from the duchess has guaranteed that the outfit she is seen in will sell out within hours, whether it is couture or available on the high street.

The highlight of the North American tour for fashion watchers is likely to be a black tie reception in Los Angeles for young British actors and film industry workers next week.

In stark contrast, she is likely to be seen in jeans and cowboy boots when she and the duke are made honorary cowboys during a visit to the Calgary Stampede.

Irish Independent

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