Us Weekly: Pippa Middleton & Nico Jackson are engaged, he proposed in India

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Engagement rumors have been swirling for months now and now it looks like it’s finally happened. Pretty much as soon as Pippa Middleton and Nico Jackson hit the three-month mark in their relationship, the UK tabloids have been trying to marry them off. I think in reality… Nico and Pippa have been together for about ten months, although Us Weekly claims that they’ve been together 15 months. No… that’s not right. Nico Jackson is some kind of “banker” with a job in London, and personally, I’ve always thought he was probably more like Pippa than people were willing to acknowledge. Nico has some uptradey in him too, and he seems eager to associate himself with the Middletons and, by extension, the royal family. Anyway, now Us Weekly claims that the engagement is real and they’ve been celebrating in private:

Well, we already know she can rock a white dress! Pippa Middleton — who very nearly stole the spotlight from sister Kate Middleton at her wedding to Prince William in 2011 — is set to walk down the aisle herself in 2014, sources reveal in the new issue of Us Weekly.

The British event planner’s boyfriend, banker Nico Jackson, popped the question during their early December trip to India’s Oberoi Amarvilas, insiders share. (Oberoi Amarvilas is a five-star resort, with views of the famed Taj Mahal.)

“It was exactly how he planned it,” one source tells Us of the proposal. “Very romantic and grand!”

Together for 15 months, the couple were first rumored to be engaged back in September. Those rumors were false, but the two were clearly smitten. They even engaged in some PDA at the 50th anniversary party for Annabel’s nightclub on Sept. 27.

Since the engagement, Middleton, 30, and Jackson, 36, have been celebrating their happy news in private. A source says they plan to spend Boxing Day (Dec. 26) at her family’s Bucklebury estate before heading to the Alps for vacation in the new year.

[From Us Weekly]

If it’s happening, then good for them. Announcing an engagement was one of the pieces of advice given to Pippa by those dishy NYT “sources” who went on record to bitch about Pips. One of my favorite quotes from that July piece: “He is not an earl or duke, which would be better. But he will do just fine.” This is part of the re-branding of Pippa after she spent much of 2013 as a #PippaTips punching bag, failing at book-writing and column-writing and advice-giving and just seeming too eager for the spotlight. The rebranded Pippa is quieter, less spotlight-seeking. The rebranded Pippa is an in-demand columnist (ha). The rebranded Pippa has a fiancé!

You know what will happen now? Pippa will get to plan her wedding and now she’ll be a “wedding advice columnist” and she’ll probably get another book deal to publish advice like “Many brides like flowers at their weddings.” And “A veil is a great accessory to a wedding gown.” #PippaWeddingTips

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  1. Alexis says:

    She’s kind of unfortunate looking. He’s dashing in a banker/businessman type of way.

  2. blue marie says:

    Carole’s work is almost done. Good for her I guess, this guy reminds me of someone but i can’t think of who.

  3. T.C. says:

    At least he looks hot. Where is he getting all the money for these vacations? The Middleton girls like their men rich so boy you better get a raise from banker to owner of the bank. You’re gonna have to have money for 5 vacas a year and high fashion clothes.

  4. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Well, best wishes to them. When one has a large wedding, it is smart to have chairs so your guests can sit down.

  5. Tazina says:

    I wish them the best. She’s attractive enough. I see no need to bash her looks.

  6. Joy says:

    I’m going to keep coming back just for all the tips. Guests at your wedding might be hungry, so serving food is a great idea. #PippaWeddingTips

  7. Bubbles says:

    In other news, Charlotte Casiraghi just gave birth.

  8. MissNostalgia says:

    Underwhelming news; if she were not so eager (especially in public), to cash in on her connections as the sister of the future queen, she could have made a titled match. As it is, neither of them bring a “leg up” to the relationship.

  9. anna says:

    I just read in the Daily Fail that this isn’t true…? If it isn’t, I wonder if he’ll be scared off by this constant barrage of rumors and reports.

  10. Maria says:

    I really feel sorry for her, because she will never really be able to know if people like her for her or for her connections. I find neither her nor Nico attractive.

    • bluhare says:

      Same thing could be said for the people she dates!

    • MavenTheFirst says:

      I imagine she’s well aware of the value of her connections. There’s ample proof she’s willing to use them to her benefit. In her world, often love has nothing to do with it. I am sure she is happy to be “used” if it gets her what she wants in uptrade and elevates her.

      I’m guessing she felt she was getting to the point of being “on the shelf” for way too long (an embarrassment in itself) , so she’s done something about it.

      • Snarkweek says:

        I don’t fully agree with you on this point. Someone like Pippa Will not fall in love with someone unless he is rich and willing to give her the world. However if someone is rich and willing to give her the world but she is not in love with him she will not be with him. That seems like a contradiction but if you think about it you’ll understand what I’m trying to say here. When Alex dumped her into thousand and 12 it was rumored among their friends to be because he wanted a socially acceptable, well-connected girlfriend and low romantic responsibility. He wanted a trophy wife and someone to go on glamorous vacations with, attend charity ball with and raise exceptional children with. Don’t get me wrong Pippa wanted those things also but she also wanted a very physical, emotional relationship as well. She also want to did someone who was comfortable and an intimate family setting and would fit in with the rest of her close family. Alex felt smothered and got out of the relationship. So while I do not like the snobbery in this woman I also do not believe that she is dead set on dragging home a husband with A title.
        I think this new guy will be a good companion for her for a while but I just do not see longevity. He is more like a Bruce Jenner to her Kris.

  11. kibbles says:

    I get a douchebag vibe from him. I totally believe he is marrying her for her connections to the royal family. A guy like that doesn’t jump so quickly into marriage with someone like Pippa other than the fact that she is famous due to her connections with the Royals. I can also see the two getting a divorce down the road (before they turn 40).

  12. P.J. says:

    Well, he’s certainly a tall drink of water-literally! Pippa’s about 5’9 barefoot and look how he dwarfs her in that last pic!-so if it’s true, good for her :)

    God, I really hope that this IS true and that he is as much as a shameless, money hungry social climber as she and the rest of her family. Can you imagine the snarky stories from the British press that will entertain us for years to come?! :D

  13. The Original Mia says:

    Pippa tip: When one can’t marry royalty, marry a man as uptradey as you.

    • boredsuburbanhousewife says:

      If true, this has got to be regarded as a “well, he’s better than nothing” catch by Carol Middleton. I am convinced they were always gunning for George Percy, a title and a family way older than the Windsors.

      Also, I would like to ask our royal experts here like LAK, bluhare, Ladyslippers etc about Nico’s “connections”. There are lots of society folks without titles but very well born, like third cousins to the royal family, etc. He does not seem to be of that society. Where, exactly, does he come from? And is he in fact rich? Or does he merely have the appearance of affluence that has been inflated by the media. The media often grossly inflates the estimated net worth of people who at least appear to be well off but maybe not so much.

      • Snarkweek says:

        Oh I get so tired of those pesky Percy rumors. I have read on more than one site that he is gay and always has been. He and Pippa have been close friends for many years and according to college friends he feels he can confide in her. They are not sexually attracted to one another. When his sister Melissa got married Pippa was invited. And the Percy family is not one to invite people to intimate event like a wedding just for show.

      • Reece says:

        Now I’m interested. Percy is gay? Who’s his bf?

      • Snarkweek says:

        LOL just silly internet gossip but who knows? George helped her to recover and gave her a shoulder to cry on after Alex dumped her they are just great friends.

      • bluhare says:

        He might be gay but he still needs to provide an heir for the dukedom, Snarkweek. I can think of worse things than being married to your best friend and having a turkey baster baby.

      • bluhare says:

        Just read this morning he’s from Folkestone (southern coast of England) and went to very normal and not uptradey schools. Made a bunch of money in banking. I dunno, there’s something about this guy and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he starts talking when/if they break up. THAT would be interesting.

      • Reece says:

        @bluhare And you’d get “Hogwarts” too. ;) I’d seriously consider it. js

      • Snarkweek says:

        Bluhare
        Ita and its a bonus that his family already likes her. It would be good anyway for her because she would truly know that he was with her because he wanted to be and not because of her royal connections.
        But then there is the Jane Eyre side of me that is always rooting for true love…

      • anna says:

        Actually bluhare, George Percy’s father inherited the dukedom from his brother, who had no heirs. So, if George doesn’t provide heirs, it won’t be the first time for the family, and I doubt they will make a huge fuss out of it.

      • Sachi says:

        There’s another Percy son: Lord Max Percy, George’s younger brother. He is dating a German Princess (Nora Oettingen-Spielberg) from a noble house.

        If George Percy has no heir, then his brother might take over.

      • Florc says:

        Nico is new money, no? He’s flashy and orange. He has done a ot just as Pippa’s bf. He gets Pippa’s +1 to all sister Kate’s family only events. And I’m not doubting for a moment the Middleton’s haven’t had someone do a backround check on him.

        Also, the DMOnline probably put out the article that the engagement wasn’t real to test the waters on engagement news. 2 royal engagement rumors are flying around now. Beatrice & Harry could pop at any moment with the news of an engagement. Will the Middleton’s try to steal that thunder?

      • bluhare says:

        Man, I’m getting tired of agreeing with everyone. :D

        Sure, George doesn’t have to produce an heir, but as eldest son he’s expected to. Interesting that his family likes Pippa; it seems that when their photos were all over everywhere after the wedding, I read something about how his family thought she was overreaching. But his mother isn’t from the aristocracy is she?

        And, Florc, I totally think Carole Middleton would like to steal thunder. She’ll NEVEr steal Harry’s though.

      • Snarkweek says:

        The Percy family gets along well with her. She was invited to Melissa’s wedding and she gets along with Max and the other sister and her husband as well. She and George go way back to University and he helped her to get it together after Alex broke up with her. The family seems to be really laid-back and close knit. Except for The age of the family wallets the Percy’s and the Mids have a lot of things in common. And don’t forget mothers of every social class like to stick their nose in their children’s romantic affairs and most parents want their kids to make a good match. But because the aristocracy are more discrete and operate in a more private world we simply do not get to see just how much they push their kids on each other. Who knows?

      • Justme says:

        George’s mother is the daughter of a stockbroker. I have no idea if George is gay or not, a lot of that seems to come from speculation on Internet forums. He may just be rather shy and private. His flatmate in London is JJ Jardine Paterson who was Pippa’s college boyfriend. I do agree that he and Pippa have never been anything more than friends.

        Max cannot take over from George unless George dies. However of course if George dies without an heir, either Max or his son could become duke. Even if Max has no sons, the current duke has a brother with two sons and a first cousin with sons as well. No Percy shortage, but I’d bet everyone would prefer if George finds a well bred gal somewhere.

  14. Kate says:

    well if they’re engaged, two down and one more to go. wonder if Mother Middleton is trying for a princess for the brother

  15. realitycheck says:

    She is not attractive at all

    And why is this news? Who cares about her.

  16. LadyFauxReal says:

    I know he works in finance, but he doesn’t appear to be from the right kind of set to meet Carole’s approval. This isn’t someone like Cressida Bonas who is very much from the right set if you look at her family and friends. I think Pippa fell in love and put her Uptradey ways aside. Carole was busy helping Kate deal with motherhood and baby George so Nico slipped through. He seems a little too happy to be papped, isn’t an aristo, but hopefully there is love there. From what I’ve read about Pippas previous long term relationship, she was the passionate, sexual one and her old bf was dull and cared more about cricket than settling down with Pippa.

  17. Meggin says:

    lol I thought she was already engaged a while ago… lol. Clearly, I don’t pay attention.

  18. Suze says:

    Let us take note that Pips is carrying on the grand tradition of constant Middleton family vacationing. The question was popped during a vacation to India at the beginning of December. Then it’s off to the Alps to vacation in the new year. And Mustique is not far behind, right?

    I hope this guy has banked his vacation days for years! Joining the MIddletons means that he’ll need them.

  19. Brit brit says:

    Apparently People magazine is not backing the claim that they got engaged: http://www.people.com/people/mobile/article/0,,20767647,00.html

  20. weeeee says:

    hahahah lol @that blue dress and hat hahahaha