Is Pippa Middleton trying to homewreck a rich, married father of three?

About a month ago, Pippa Middleton got dumped by her on-again-off-again boyfriend Alex Loudon. Since then, it’s been all hands on deck, gossip-wise. It seems that Pippa got dumped because Alex’s snooty, old-money family didn’t like Pippa and her upstart new money. It also seemed like Pippa might be Forever Uptradey, trying to hook up with the best, richest, most amazing guy possible in any given room. In Touch Weekly has an interesting alternate theory about what really went down between Alex and Pippa – something about Pippa trying to nail a married (and terribly rich) man? Oh, Pippa.

All eyes were on Pippa Middleton at the Too Many Women Autumn Dinner & All Saints After-Party on October 13 in Richmond, England. Pippa chatted with pals – and flirted with British venture capitalist Ben Goldsmith, 31. Drinks in hand, the two posed politely for a photo, but didn’t raise eyebrows since both were attached: she to financier Alex Loudon and he to his wife of eight years, Kate.

But just weeks after the event, Pippa and Alex tellingly called it quits – and In Touch can exclusively reveal that her relationship with Ben is what friends think tore them apart.

“Pippa’s increasingly close and flirtatious relationship with Ben is why Alex must have broken off his engagement with Pippa,” says a friend. “Pippa and Ben are regularly calling, texting and having dinners together. He is having marriage problems, and she is comforting him.”

Pippa’s sister Kate is furious that Pippa might be pursuing a relationship with a married father of three, since it could hurt not only her sister, but also the royal image she’s so tirelessly trying to project. “Kate is urging Pippa to stay away and says this has disaster written all over it… Pippa would love to marry a Goldsmith.”

But Pippa may never get her wish. “Ben mother, Lady Annabel, would not approve of him ending up with Pippa… despite her royal connections, she’s not from a proper background.”

Pippa’s behavior isn’t furthering her cause, either. According to a source, the brass at Buckingham Palace have told Duchess Kate that her sister must tame her pursuit of the limelight. But the friend says Pippa has a “nauthy streak” and has her sights set on Ben: “There have been a lot of visits between Pippa and Ben. They have become close.”

[From In Touch Weekly, print edition]

You know what’s funny? I know about the Goldsmith family because their exploits are always being discussed in Vanity FairLady Annabel Goldsmith was quite the little Uptradey in her day too, and her daughter Jemima Khan is a favorite of the British tabloids (and a chip off the old block). Lady Annabel was known as a “society hostess” and she slept around and she definitely could have given Pippa a run for her money. Lady Annabel comes from old money, though, and her family is aristocratic and titled. Which just means that the Goldsmiths can get away with WAY more than the new money Middletons. It also means that Ben Goldsmith likes girls who remind him of mummy.

As for the idea of Pippa homewrecking a marriage, even if Ben and Kate Goldsmith are already on the rocks… well, Pippa wouldn’t be able to get away with it. She would have to plot super-hard to make it work, but even then, everyone would still blame her. No, she needs to go back to George Percy, I think. I want Pippa to become a duchess.

Here are some pics of Ben Goldsmith:

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Lithe says:

    I wonder what Camilla has to say about all of this?

  2. mew says:

    What IS this girl doing??? Her face is getting worse and worse and worse by the days! She looks straight from hell.

  3. Zozo says:

    That man has a serious case of the gay face. I bet all that flirting, is rather some friendly goofing around. As for the wife and kids…..well he does come from a very “traditional background.”
    I also wish people would back off of Pippa a bit, I like her a lot, I do feel bad for her with all this pressure though.

  4. GoodCapon says:

    “Lady Annabel Goldsmith was quite the little Uptradey in her day too”

    Did you just compare THE Annabel Goldsmith – from which a nightclub was named after her, by the way — to PIPPA FREAKING MIDDLETON? Sorry Kaiser, but that’s a load of rubbish. Lady Annabel is the daughter of a Viscount (who later became a Marquis). She was born to wealth and title – she certainly didn’t need to ‘uptrade’ – unlike Pippa who was only born in an airport lavatory and had to sleep her way to titled, aristocratic men.

    Also, Ben Goldsmith’s wife, Kate, is from the ROTHSCHILD clan. Rothschild to Middleton? What a 60,000 ft downgrade that would be. Pippa wouldn’t be able to compete with her no matter how hard she tries.

    • Tapioca says:

      Princess Di to Camilla Parker Bowles? Elin Woods to to Tiger’s bimbettes?

      Men love a Big Mac and fries when there’s fillet steak at home.

      (And Lady Annabel was James Goldsmith’s mistress before she became his wife. Not very ladylike!)

    • Northern Light says:

      you people from England are SO funny with your ‘aristocrat’, ‘clan’ and ‘need to upgrade’ stories and opinions! It is amazing that somewhere people still get categorized that way even in year 2011 (not 1800 century)

    • grayelf says:

      And Kate was already pregnant when she married Ben. How classy is that ?

    • Miladie29 says:

      GoodCapon, don’t forget that Kate Goldsmith, Ben’s wife and the mother of his 3 small children, is also the daughter of Anita Guinness of the Guinness dynasty.

      So really, we’re talking about two incredibly wealthy, powerful families (Guinness and Rothschild) behind Kate Goldsmith and also add Annabel Goldsmith to the mix, who might come after Pippa if she interferes with Kate Goldsmith’s marriage and “helps” the cheating Ben Goldsmith in fooling around behind his wife’s back.

      The Rothschild clan owns and rules the world through banking. They are so much more powerful and 1000 times wealthier (I’m not exaggerating here, they’re incredibly, incredibly wealthy) than the Windsors.

      That alone should tell you that if ever it comes to light that Pippa was fooling around, or was thinking of doing such, with the cheater Ben Goldsmith, it won’t end well for her.

      She’d be damaged goods and nobody would want to be seen with her, not even her aristocratic friends.

      She really made a big mistake by courting the Daily Mail and having them go after the Loudons so she’d come off smelling of roses in the breakup, while the Loudons were made to look like haughty, big-time snobs who look down on people less wealthy than them: Old Money families would stand by Alex and his parents, not Pippa. Her sister’s future Queen Consort position won’t protect her at all.

  5. L says:

    I think you meant to ask, “Is a rich, married father of three trying to wreck his own home by having an affair with Pippa Middleton?”

  6. Jenny says:

    She needs to check those bags [under her eyes].

  7. Kiki says:

    Check out Zac Goldsmith -Ben’s brother-. They like to cheat in that family :-S

  8. Christine says:

    She’s starting to annoy me. Have some decorum Pippa!

  9. NM9005 says:

    Wtf? I’m so sick of reading, hearing and seeing people defend homewrecking if the marriage/relationship is “already on the rocks”. Isn’t that what MOST people claim when they stop putting effort in a relationship? Just to feel better when they bone other people?

    Excuses, excuses, excuses…The cheater and the homewrecker are both to blame and if the spouse/partner knows about the problems (or talked about it) then they too have to put in more effort but don’t brush cheating off because the relationship isn’t going well. A lot of people go through difficult moments, if that’s a reason to cheat then you’re weak and lazy in my opinion. Don’t go into a relationship if it’s just for fun and the happy moments. I guess that’s why most people cheat and divorce these days. Oh how difficult taking responsibility is! But by all means, idealise and promote marriage as if it’s still a legit union and not a big hoax.

    • Me says:

      Here’s a concept. If you don’t like what you read here, don’t click on the link. This is a GOSSIP site! Most of us LIKE reading the seedy information about famous people and then talking about it and judging them. You do the same thing reading some of your other exasperated posts, but you try throwing some moral high ground in there like you’re trying to teach how people they should think because you’re way better then everyone. Please get over yourself. Life is too short and I come here as a diversion as most other people do. You are entitled to your opinion, but so am I (bracing for the 15 page diatribe about how I shouldn’t judge you and say mean things about anyone ever on a GOSSIP site)

      • NM9005 says:

        - I was talking about cheating in general actually whether it’s on a gossip site or in real life, I see this more and more and don’t understand where it’s coming from since people also still like to romanticize marriage.

        - If you think that I think I’m better than other people, go ahead. Like you said it’s your opinion. You base it on my writings on a gossip blog so if you feel qualified to judge me based on that then please do. You seem to keep it civilized enough so why snark on that. I’m aware that people don’t always agree or care about my comments but that isn’t going to stop me from writing them.

        - You seem to have read my other posts in order to write this opinion so obviously this much shorter opinion than usual on marriage must have ticked you off even more for some reason to write to me directly. If you can’t stand my comments than why are you reading them anyway if you’re here to have fun (so am I btw).

        Hope it wasn’t too exasperating for you since you obviously were waiting/bracing yourself to read my reply…

        Oh and I’m not 14 years old anymore, “mean” words don’t touch me since I prove myself in real life and don’t base by my self worth by others. Especially not from a faceless and nameless stranger behind a screen.

      • diana says:

        @Me: from time to time people are going to take what you wrote and analyze it anyway they want.

        Happened to me. Next time I won’t bother answering them.

        As far as I am concerned you can “bitch” the way you pleased. Comments are moderated, and if yours would have been that unacceptable it would have not made it on this website.

      • Me says:

        Diana – thanks. It doesn’t bother me how NM interprets my remarks. There’s this thing called sarcasm in my very last remark that I guess didn’t convey to her. Ive got some thick skin. I could keep going for fun, but that would end up crossing the line from feeding trolls and being a troll to bait her that would eventually get me banned. And I would enjoy it too much too, but I enjoy this site more. LOL!

      • diana says:

        Sorry Me, but my comment was for NM.

      • NM9005 says:


        “It doesn’t bother me how NM interprets my remarks.”

        - You clearly don’t like me as a person based on this and previous comments your read and intentionally tried to put me in my place. Fine, that happens sometimes and I accept the repercussions of posting on a public blog. But you took my comment personally because you don’t like the content of it or whatever and made it personal by backhandedly (is that a word?!) judging me instead of my comment. You even identified your own words as “mean” suggesting you expected a negative impact on my being. And now you are claiming you don’t care after you directly replied to me and hoped to get a response out of it?!

        - And what’s with the talking like I’m the one who replied to you? I don’t even know you and can’t remember any comment from you other than this one so I don’t know why you are the one who needs thick skin.

        - We both comment on this blog so swinging “moral high ground” at me doesn’t work since we both are “guilty” of that. I don’t understand why writing about cheating and marriage equals not having morals just because I do it on a blog. An opinion stands on its own regardless what the outlet is and if you can’t deal with that, there’s a concept called “ignore” if you know you can’t stick to the content of what I write.

        - Oh yes sarcasm, on what? Me? Based on what exactly, my long comments? What does that have to do with cheating and marriage again? You do know that sarcasm has a negative connotation to express contempt and crudeness right? So your comment was deliberately mean spirited and underlined that three times (see above and this one “but that would end up crossing the line from feeding trolls”). You know you can’t keep it decent so don’t bother trying to explain yourself.

        @diana: I thought you were talking to “me”…Yeah, I’m always up for a good discussion so I can’t just let things pass, it’s my weakness (that and long comments :) ), I’ll grow out of it eventually.

  10. Suze says:

    Until I began reading this site, I never noticed the Middleton eyeliner and now, in every picture, it is all I see.

    Eh, Ben looks like a ponce. Uptradey can do much better!

  11. atlantapug says:

    That guy looks waaaaaay too happy to be photographed by the paps.

    The answer to the question “Is Pippa trying to homewreck a family with a married father of 3?” is…


  12. BigHair&Pearls says:

    Gosh! This girl is not attractive. Not even slightly.

  13. ShanKat says:

    It says a lot about how boring Pippa is, because she manages to render even the scandalicious Goldsmiths and Rothschilds uninteresting.

    Both families have holiday villas on the island where I live. They’re fascinating…and unbelievably posh. The Pipster, not so much

  14. diana says:

    I feel sorry for her. the bags under her eyes were always there. BUt post-break up her face seems stamped by depression.

    i don’t think she copes really well with all this attention ALL the time. she might like it sometimes, but I think it is getting out of control.

    • GoodCapon says:

      Well you know the Middleton family M.O.: Court the paparazzi when it suits them, go run to the PCC when it gets too much!

      As the saying goes, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.” I might feel a bit of sympathy for Pippa (and the rest of her family) if they weren’t such a bunch of hypocrites.

  15. Happymom says:

    She’s holding out for a title. This is just a flirt, not an actual move. If anything, she was doing it push her ex to propose-and it all backfired.

  16. Luise says:

    The Pipster is looking very hard and nasty post wedding of the century. She must be burning the candles at both ends trying to out do her big sister’s success at waitydom.

  17. Euphorima says:

    She should hust take a long holiday and take a break!!!!

    Give the media and paps a break and give people a break who are tired of seeing and hearing about her.

  18. kudzuqueen says:

    Okay..I am a little let’s just focus on this one fact: Kate came from the same Middleton, new money family and can marry Prince William, but Pippa is new money and therefore, it would be gauche for her to mix with old money?

    • JulieM says:

      Yes, Kate and Pippa come from the same gene pool, but here is what you are missing. The Duchess of Doolittle will never be accepted as royalty because she is from the middle class. It doesn’t matter who she is married to or that she may eventually become queen consort. William stubbornly married an average woman of no accomplishment, but the deed is done. Sounds unfair, and it is unfair, but there it is.

      The aristocracy is trying to head off Pippa marrying into one of their families. The deed is not done where Pippa is concerned.

      • Carolyn says:

        Pippa reminds me of Blake Lively and Kim Kartrashian in that their desperation to trade up at all costs seems rather obvious. They may be fun girls but I don’t think any of them will marry to the level they’re hoping. In Pippa’s case if this is not true she’s been dealt a bad hand by the Press all round. British aristocracy is notoriously hypocritical – they will say/do anything and get away with it because they consider themselves above normal people. Agree – I don’t like to write this, but if Pippa’s having fun with titled men that’s all she’ll get. She won’t be the one Sir Honourable Lord Duke will marry.

      • kudzuqueen says:

        Yes. I see…I understand you are just putting it out there, of how it is and will be. It is not as much “not fair” as it is sad. I remember Diana for the person she was, and the behaviors she exhibited, not for the family she was born from. I am sure that William, cut much from her cloth, admired and appreciated these qualities; Kate possesses, admires and appreciates these qualities, therefore they mutually chose each other.

        I could go so many different directions with this, but I will not go off on a rant. I will just say a person who is a hard worker, has a big heart and looks like they can have a whole lot of fun (and still make it to work the next morning with bags under her eyes) garners a whole lot more respect from me than someone who is born into aristocracy and thinks that, that alone, makes them a superior person.

      • JulieM says:

        Yes, kudzuqueen, that may be the way you see it. But I can guarantee you, that is not the way the aristocracy sees it. Accomplishment does have meaning, but a thousand year old name with land and wealth means more. Sad but true.

        Just out of curiosity, how do you know that Pippa is hard working and has a big heart?

        I admired Diana as well. But she had one thing that Kate and Pippa will never have. (And me for that matter). She was born in to the aristocracy and money cannot buy that.

  19. Sydney says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong but for all her titled and moneyed connections wasn’t Lady Annabel Goldsmith the mistress of James Goldsmith, who is quoted as saying, that that when you marry your mistress you create a vacancy?

    I’m not defending Pippa by any means, as I do not think it’s acceptable for married people to have affairs, it just seems that if there’s any truth to this story then there’s a bit of the pot calling the kettle black with respect to Lady Goldsmith.

  20. benny says:

    Aristocratic parents would not want Pippa for a daughter-in-law. And boys who inherit money do what their parents want.

    But she’s be good enough to fool around with, passed around by the boys and discussed at their next shooting party.

    • JulieM says:

      That’s the saddest part of all. Pippa is probably a nice young woman. But she is gaining the reputation of being a girl to f#$%^, but not marry. She really is playing with fire here. And as much as I can’t stand the Middleton women, I’m starting to feel sorry for her.

      • Carolyn says:

        Totally agree Benny & JulieM. Your take on all of this is straight to the point accurate.

      • diana says:

        It’s very weird that nobody around me (including myself) likes Middleton family. Co-workers, family, friends.

        Maybe because of overwhelming amt of empty news?

        yesterday one client asked our secretary to change the TV channel because: “I can’t stand to hear anymore news about Kate’s hair! That’s all they talk about because there is nothing else about her worth mentioning!”

      • kudzuqueen says:

        To JulieM: Yes, it is sad! To answer your question on having a big heart and being a hard worker…There are many articles on her supporting charities and if they are anything like here, you don’t just show up with a gorgeous dress on. You pay to go as part of the fundraising, the table, the seat, then there are live and silent auctions you may it may not participate in. Now it it is found out that she shows up and pays to be seen, which some people do, well, that s a shame and at least some of her money goes to charity.
        As far as her work ethic, there are a lot of articles on that as well, (The Grindhouse has one) and they all tout her drive. She works for her family’s company and does PR for another of which Tiffany is one of her clients. I am sure that account would not just be given to anyone.

      • GoodCapon says:

        Her work for her parents’ online newsletter is a joke:

        It doesn’t take more than 10 minutes to summarise other articles that another person worked hard for (and the one who should get most of the credit IMO). Pippa just signs off her name at the end and voila! The press can now say that she ‘edits the magazine Party Times’.

  21. Northern Lights says:

    USA or England, but that theory (that some people are better from birth and that cannot be changed in their life or in their childrens life or childrens childrens life) is so so so last season. Like some antique world and embarrassing way of thinking in modern civilized world.

  22. Rachface24 says:

    She’d love to be a Goldsmith? Carole Middletons maiden name was Goldsmith. Is that a common name there or are they like 3rd cousins?

  23. Minx2 says:

    On that second photo (with the cup), she has what they call a “Karma face” – looks about 15 years older than her actual age, shrewd and manipulative. She has no freshness in her.

  24. weeble says:

    Well at least she has awesome taste in coats, LOL.

  25. Poppy says:

    Oh dear back to the Goldsmith naughtiness, Princess Diana’s mother’s affair with daddy Goldsmith was big gossip in the upper circles at one point and editor Tina Brown (who has very highly placed royal informants) said Diana was actually Goldsmiths daughter not Earl Spencers, if true this would make these two Goldsmith rotters, the late Diana’s half brothers. The royal merry-go-round just never stops does it.

  26. Guesty says:

    He looks date-rapey and douchey as hell. And like his signature move in bed is the jackrabbit. Bleh.

  27. JuliaDomna says:

    That Goldsmith dude is sort of cute. Pippa’s jacket in that in that second picture is almost too ugly for words.

  28. whatevs says:

    both she and her sister have been looking evil lately lol they have this distinct evil look in their eyes dun dun dunnn anyway but kate is a more sophisticated, cunning villain whereas pippa is the type that wants fame at all costs. :P

  29. iseepinkelefants says:

    Huh I seem to remember Goldsmith being cuter than that. Maybe I’m thinking of the wrong Goldsmith? I thought this one got divorced (from an equally upper crust-er) and got into a relationship with some new girl? The DM’s always going on about it.

    Yes, perhaps it is another Goldsmith because the one I remember seeing wasn’t this fug.

    And haha at Uptradey moving onto married fathers. In her defense I suppose she has worked her way through the millionaire, titled men in her age group. Pretty soon we’ll see her going after the ones in their 40′s, etc, etc. It is becoming quite desperate and doesn’t dispel those whispers about the Middleton’s being golddigging social climbers. Just like the Boleyns, ah I love it when history repeats itself.

    • Sakota says:

      This will ruin Pippa, you see if it doesn’t. No luck with the sons and instead she is going to go after the fathers then. Breaking up a marriage and snagging the guy won’t lead to a carefree life, it iwll end up with her being expected to work running his household, not jet setting off to an exotci locale and wrecking a home won’t lead to social acceptance. He’s married to a ROTHSCHILD and this is only going ot make things worse since the Rothschilds are among the most powerful families in the world.

      She has to be plumb out of her loony little mind if she thinks this will lead to successful social advancement.

  30. jamie says:

    both her and her sister look older then their ages,or maybe it’s all the black eyeliner they wear that ages them?

    • whatevs says:

      idts other women look great in black eyeliner. pippa looks waay older than she is because she tried to tan too much. and her sister has only begun to look old after losing so much weight for the wedding. compare the swimming era photos of hers, she looked very thin and yet young and much prettier. then they made her lose even more weight i’ll never understand why but it ages a woman and even so a magazine made her image thinner!

  31. CeeCee says:

    get the girl some cucumber slices. Whatever/whoever she has been doing, she has had some late nights! I’ve pulled all-nighters and had less eye baggage than that.

    LOL @ Guesty!

  32. Miladie29 says:

    What are the odds that Annabel Goldsmith was the one who told the Loudons about Pippa “comforting” her son behind Alex Loudon’s back? Annabel has considerable influence both from being a Goldsmith and from belonging in the aristocracy. She has connections, and it’s not impossible that she has associated with the Loudons in the past.

    What if the real reason why the Loudons disapproved of Pippa and said she was not “wife material” was because she was an unfaithful girlfriend to their son, and not because they’re snobs who look down on people from new money? And that they didn’t like Pippa because they love their son and would not want him to have a wife who has a history of going after men (even married ones) while already in a relationship, and comes across as a user of men to further her ascent up the social climbing ladder?

    The Daily Mail has been on a smear campaign to make the Loudons look like evil people while making Pippa up as this poor victim who just got left in the dust. How would the media spin this in Pippa’s favor if it turned out to be true that she was fooling around with a married man behind Loudon’s back, and that he left her because she cheated on him?

    Poor Pippa. She’s good enough to sleep and play with, but not good enough to marry.

    She’s not seen as respectable at all, not by the very group of people she desperately wants to belong and be a part of. She must be incredibly thick-skinned to actually want to marry into snobbish Old Money/noble families whose lives include a healthy dose of cheating and licentiousness.

    These stories coming out about how families look down on Pippa because of her behavior towards chasing after wealthy men are beginning to make Pippa look like an aggressive, desperate social climber who latches on to any wealthy man. It’s not looking good for her.

    At this rate, she’ll have to settle with a rich nobody because no Old Money/noble family would want to have her as a daughter in-law.

    It’s one thing to be scandalous, but it’s another to be scandalous and indiscreet. Pippa is the latter. She paraded her love life in the media and had no problem showing off the “men” in her life. She was with George Percy in Madrid, then at Wimbledon. Then with Alex Loudon at Wimbledon. Then she was already with George, leaving his house at 3AM, only days after her breakup with Alex. Then this story about her ‘comforting’ Ben Goldsmith while still with Alex.

    Now she has no man and her reputation is slowly being torn to shreds.

  33. marie says:

    I do not understand the attraction of Pippa. She looks rough!!! She wore a dress to hers sisters wedding that fit her nicely…but she doesn’t have the greatest body. She’s just an average girl.

  34. John says:

    I visited England and the people there were very weird. They were 36 year old women claiming to be 26! At 26, if you look 36 there’s something severely wrong with you. This Pippa and her sister I doubt will manage to get to 40 in 1 piece. British people were not blessed in the looks department. I can count how many Kate Beckinsales I saw there.

    • Isabella says:

      John, I have been living in England for many years and without the danger of stereotyping and generalising, I have to say your comment is very true. British people are certainly not known for their looks and even Kate Beckinsale when she was younger was not a big looker, if you compare how she looked before she came to Hollywood to now it’s very different, you would not recognise her. In London, if you happen to spot a beautiful girl you’d be 100% sure she is foreign.