Pippa Middleton’s terribly rich fiancé might not be so terribly rich after all

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at St Marks Englefield with Prince George and Princess Charlotte

It’s amusing to me to see all of the interest in Pippa Middleton’s wedding to Terribly Rich James Matthews. Most of the interest is on the periphery characters of this little wedding scene, like Pippa’s sister, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. So I thought we would focus on the bride for a moment. Let’s do this with Pippa Tips!

Pippa Tip #1: Many people enjoy a post-wedding holiday called a “honeymoon.” Sex is usually had on one’s honeymoon.

I forgot to even wonder about where Pippa and Terribly Rich James would even go for their honeymoon, but it seems they probably won’t go far. Reportedly, Pippa and James will probably go his family’s 10,000-acre estate in Scotland. The Glen Affric estate has apparently already been “booked” for a week before and after the wedding, and a friend said: “Pippa has been on lots of visits to Scotland – it is like a second home to her. She loves the outdoors and sense of freedom. She also has lots of friends in the Highlands. She is quite a country girl and loves the Scottish countryside. It will be part of their honeymoon; it gives them peace, space, privacy and some of the best scenery in the world. What more could you want?” If you thought that read like a Middleton-approved advertisement for Glen Affric – which is available for bookings! – then you are probably correct. Plus, the Middletons love to bill Kate and Pippa as “just country girls,” like they just stepped out of a Jane Austen novel. They are Bucklebury’s “local beauties” in need of men of means.

Pippa Tip #2: Don’t worry about alienating your groom’s family, it’s not like that could come back to haunt you. If they don’t have a royal title, they don’t matter!

Apparently, Terrible Rich James’ family is not allowed to stay with the Middleton clan for the wedding festivities. The Middletons insisted on hosting the wedding reception at their sprawling manor in Bucklebury, but the Matthews family has to stay at a hotel miles away. The excuse being given is that William, Kate, their kids and possibly Harry and Meghan are all staying with the Middletons. So… no room for James’ family. A source told the Daily Express: “As well as hosting the reception at Bucklebury Manor, the Middletons have got Pippa staying there the night before the wedding along with William, Kate and the children so it’s going to be pretty chaotic. James’s parents are hoteliers themselves so they are more than happy being put up elsewhere. They also understand the need for privacy with two future kings and Prince Harry staying with the Middletons. Everyone will be able to make it to the church on time because Land Rover are apparently providing all the transport.” Um, is Pippa’s wedding sponsored by Land Rover???

Pippa Tip #3: Make sure your Terribly Rich Fiancé is actually terribly rich.

According to the Daily Mail, Terribly Rich James Matthews has had to give himself a pay cut at the hedge fund he started and operates: “He has been forced to slash his own earnings by a wince-making sum of almost £370,000 after profits fell at his hedge fund firm. It left him with just under £200,000 in his annual pay packet.” Poor Pippa – the Middletons always made it clear that she was “settling” for someone who was merely rich (as opposed to rich and titled) and now it’s looking like Terribly Rich James is merely Moderately Wealthy James.

Pippa Middleton Steps Out In London

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  1. Belle Epoch says:

    Those women have such odd torsos. They take “long waisted” to a new level.

    So is he a trust fund baby or does he actually have to W-O-R-K?

    • Lex says:

      I have one too coupled with short arms and legs. It’s annoying 😣

    • LAK says:

      Abit of column A and abit of column B.

      His parents made enough money that he didn’t need to work, and his brother Spencer does not unless you count the benefits of appearing on numerous reality shows.

      Unlike Spencer, James works. And has been successful at it enough to afford a £17M home in Chelsea even if there is a mortgage on it. Ditto other toys like private plane etc.

      The parents live elsewhere.

      • Bitchy says:

        I would like to add that many “hedge funds” don’t actually do anything productive but merely sell off the family silver of the company they currently deal with (e.g. have bought with a cheap credit). Sad but true. It is called “trimming” and “toning” and “cutting the fat” and such crap. It usually means that they slash the wages of those who do the actual work and burden the company with the credit they used to buy the company. If the company goes bust they act like vultures and feast on the pieces. And that is usually what hedge funds are: vultures who at best clean the market and who at worst act like predators and kill healthy companies for profit.

        “Hedge fund owner” – I am not impressed. But at least Terribly Rich James doesn’t go bancrupt again and again as brother Middleton.

    • Jeesie says:

      The annoying part is they actually have great figures for clothes, but they don’t understand their shapes at all so they always bring out the worst in their unusual proportions.

      • LAK says:


        If they dressed to their figures, we wouldn’t notice the proportions.

        There is a reality star, Myleene Klass, with similar proportions who dresses so well for her figure that i am always surprised when she’s pictured in a bikini on her paid/free advert holidays.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Rania has the long-torso/short legs build and manages to dress stylishly most of the time. Ditto Claire Danes. Halle Berry does too, but she’s curvier than the others.

      • Betsy says:

        That’s what I was thinking. They’re so slender and toned but just don’t look as good as one would expect.

      • Amelia says:

        I’ll swap you if you like!
        My torso is quite a stubby, boxy shaped thing and I can never wear a drop waist without looking utterly ridiculous, especially since I’m top-heavy.
        I suppose the grass is always greener…

      • Bitchy says:

        They really believe that they are “Jane Austen country girls”. And girls like the Bennett girls were essentially rather poor which is why Austen described their dresses as “simple” and “white” because they were home made for lack of funds.

        The Middletons are similar: simple boring dresses one would expect upper (middle) class country girls would wear.

        Well, they try to “pull up their waistline” by wearing high-waisted stuff. But they wear such tight snug fits that it doesn’t work because you can see their long torsos because of their clothes’ tight fit.
        It is hilarious.

      • BTownGirl says:

        @Amelia Giiiiiiirl I hear you! I’m 5’1″ and top heavy with a big ribcage and a short waist. The only thing worse than a drop waist on me is a bias cut *shudder shudder*!

      • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

        The have the inverted triangle body shape (most models have this) and there are a few basic ‘rules’ they should follow.

        Disclaimer: I’m not a stylist but I worked in fashion in a past career and one stylist remarked on the following tips Waity needs to stick to, to create the illusion of balance. I has always stuck with me.

        - Separates are her best friend. Light colour on top and dark colour on bottom with a bold shoe.
        - Skirts should be knee length A line or pencil
        - Trousers should be relaxed skinny, straight cut or cigarette style
        - A V neckline is her friend, hides the wide shoulders
        - Mix and match colours. Colour blocking can draw attention to what you are trying to hide
        - Dresses should be loose fitting from the bust line down and any features, such as lace, around the shoulder/breast area is a no no as it draws attention to the shoulders. Loose fitting from bust down hides the tiny waist
        - Jackets should be waist length and tailored to fit torso. Same goes for shirts
        - Skinny’s should be avoided as they draw attention to the small waist, same goes for those form fitting dresses and dress coats she loves. Both accentuate the body shape
        - Belts are her friend. She wears belts but sometimes she wears them when she doesn’t need to
        - 3 quarter length sleeves are good

        The closet she has recently come to dressing for her body shape is that Chanel outfit she wore in Paris. She could have gotten away with not wearing the belt and she def didn’t need the bag.

      • HappyMom says:

        @Digital Unicorn (aka Betti): any tips for tall, hourglass figures (that’s a nice way of saying I have a fat a– and big boobs)?

      • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

        @HappyMom – that’s my body type too. I tend to wear fitted/tailored clothes, loosing fitting tops/skirts tend to make me look pregnant (i have a little belly). Wrap tops and dresses are great, esp when teamed with a belt. V necklines are our friend as it draws attention to the waist. Tops that are below the waistline hide a multitude of sins. Fitted skirts and trousers are good (not skinny jeans) as they flatter my JLo ass.

        Also with material, the stretchy stuff is great as it hugs the curves (i always have a slip on underneath to hide the dreaded VPL). Soft materials (like silk blends) are good as they drape over the curves. Stiff materials just highlight the wrong things.

        Hope this helps, am not a stylist just someone who picked up things from someone who was.

        I should stay off these boards tonight. Have a presentation to finish for a job interview tomorrow. :)

      • notsugarhere says:

        HappyMom, try looking at Queen Mathilde’s fashion. She is tall, short-waisted/long-legged, and has curvy hips. Eugenie too. When they get it wrong, it can be very bad. But when they get it right, they get it really right.

      • Nikki says:

        DIGITAL UNICORN: (aka. Betty): Good luck on your job interview!!!! Let us know how it goes! 😃

      • HappyMom says:

        Thanks, notsugarhere and Digital Unicorn (aka Betty). And good luck on the presentation!

    • JustBitchy says:

      I am short and plump to be honest. But that admitted too, they are long torso’d and Pippa is amazingly musculature on the bottom half especially. So little body fat regardless of figure is what I should aspire too good for Pippa and her fitness she 👀 much more healthy than Waity

    • Originaltessa says:

      My body type. Nothing you can do about the proportions of your torso. Kinda born that way. Shrug.

  2. Squiggisbig says:

    Gasp! Not 200,000 pounds a year! There are doctors and lawyers who make that! Yuck! Surely, a beautiful young cheeto like Pippa deserves more than that!

    • Lady D says:

      Does Pippa have money of her own? She basically works for a living right?

    • Bitchy says:

      I don’t think doctors or lawyers would want a wife like Pippa.

      • bettyrose says:

        What is a “wife like Pippa” though? I don’t have a good sense of her. I figure she’s fun loving and good-natured. Vapid, sure, but plenty of high earning professionals are happy to come home to a vapid spouse who doesn’t challenge them. She has a great figure and will probably be a good mom. I totally get why aristos didn’t want any part of her gold-digging family, but she seems perfect for a finance-bro.

      • bitchy says:

        Professionals prefer a not-too-vapid spouse who has interests and education and who won’t sit at home and go on holidays only because that is the way they live their lives and like and like are attracted to each other.
        Fun Loving gets boring when it lacks substance. It is not about challenging them but it is about having something interesting to tell. It is about being able to claim that your spouse isn’t a vacant bimbo which is embarassing for many professionals as they are the opposite of that.

        Those who marry vapid spoused do usually get divorced. Look out for them.

        And nope, she is no trophy wife either. She doesn’t have the face for that nor the body.
        And I doubt she will be a good mum. She isn’t interested in her own talents or interests nor into turning her talents or interests into something serious like a career or at least a hobby. I doubt she is able to nurture her children’s interests and talents beyond High School level. None of the Middleton children got that, btw. None of them used their interests / talents. None of them used their ridiculously expensive education. James doesn’t count as he relies on family money to bail out his failing businesses. None of them tries to give their life some direction and autonomy. I dare say they didn’t even try.

  3. RussianBlueCat says:

    Why would Meghan stay with the Middletons? I thought she was not invited to the wedding, but only the reception afterwards. Also I would tend to think Harry and Meghan would prefer the privacy and no chaos of a hotel.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Staying at a hotel requires all kids of security sweeps and procedures. With Kate Middleton living with her mother off-and-on for the last six years, there is already 1 million in taxpayer-funded security upgrades at Middleton Manor.

    • Megan says:

      I am guessing they are all staying with the Midds because security is already in place and it is easier.

      As for James’ parents staying at a hotel, I have never heard of the in laws and groom staying with the bride and her parents the night before the wedding. The Daily Fail is working extra hard to drum up drama for this wedding. Either they have no info so they can’t scream about its lavishness, or this is going to be on dull affair.

  4. INeedANap says:

    Does he have family money? Is he getting any of it?

    • LAK says:

      He appears to have done very well for himself that he doesn’t need any family money even though his parents are spectacularly self-made.

      That said, the resort in St Barts and the estate in Scotland seem to be family concerns rather than just parental ownership, so perhaps he has already received his inheritance from his parents with family ownership of those and other investments.

      • Maria says:

        His family is way wealthier than hers, from what I understand. Do you know LAK?Poor guy having to take such a large pay cut right after he bought that expensive ring. Ouch!

      • LAK says:

        Maria: Definitely.

        The article says nothing about bonuses. His salary pay cut doesn’t mean he didn’t receive bonuses. For any decent Hedge fund, those ran in the millions despite the relatively low salaries. So that DM article is basing it’s comments on a known, inconsequential thing when they should be looking at the bonuses.

    • Sarah says:

      Well, they have a 10,000 acre estate in Scotland, and her groom owns a house in London, so he is certainly not poor. Plus a private jet, I believe, which would be great for Will and kate to use to sneak away on vacations without the English peasants getting wind of it.
      Win, win for the Middleton clan!!

  5. Canadian Becks says:

    In preparing for hosting this affair, I imagine Carole pulled out all the stops in regard to major renovations, high-end upgrades, 1000 count Egyptian cotton sheets, as well as perfect landscaping, garden lighting, and such.

    I do enjoy reading Architectual Digest, so I would love a good look around the interior of Bucklebury. I wouldn’t think she would leave herself open to any possibility of people criticizing her taste.

    Usually, the more humble the beginnings, the more obsessed one is with the ostentatious trappings of success and wealth.

  6. iris west-allen says:

    Where is the dodgy uncle? I miss him

  7. Jessica says:

    That family needs to stop.

  8. Lainey says:

    Oh how will the poor things survive! 🙃🙃
    So if Harry’s staying at the midds does that mean Meghan is too? So she’ll be there the when they’re getting ready, everybody will leave for the church she’ll be there on her own with whatever staff is taking care of food entertainment etc. by herself in a house she’s never been in before waiting for her everyone to get back. Doesn’t sound very fun to me.
    So land rovers sponsoring pips wedding? Do you think their contract with them ensures they’ve pride of place at least once a year at a big event, where actual royals are present?

  9. Mrs Fonzieface says:

    “They are Bucklebury’s “local beauties” in need of men of means”

    This has me in stitches, you’re awesome, Kaiser!

  10. Jessica says:

    Signed “upper middle class.”

  11. Bridget says:

    Why would the matthews family even stay at Middleton Manor? Don’t the groom’s side usually do their own thing and hang with their own friends/family? That just sounds so weird to me that anyone thinks they should ditch their guests to stay at Bucklebury.

    The Daily Mail keeps coming up with the weirdest stuff about this wedding.

  12. anna222 says:

    I always thought he was well off but not capital m Money, you know? Much like the Middletons.

  13. DiamondGirl says:

    The in-law part doesn’t seem strange to me at all. It would seem odd if they WERE staying there.

    • Maria says:

      I’d want to be as far away from Carole as possible. I’m sure the in-laws are perfectly happy to be staying at a hotel. I have a feeling that Jane Matthews is a match for Carole.

      • Sarah says:

        Let’s see – we can stay in a house with Carole running around, barking orders like a General, sulky Wills, anxious Kate, and possibly screaming children overwhelmed by the day? Or a 4 star hotel with privacy, great rooms, peace and quiet, massages, room service and all the luxuries they can want?
        The Daily Mail thinks it’s weird they will be at a hotel?? HAHA! Nuts.

  14. littlemissnaughty says:

    “They also understand the need for privacy with two future kings and Prince Harry staying with the Middletons.” YES! Lest we forget that this is royalty adjacent and NOT just reality show adjacent! I love/hate this entire thing.

  15. Tina says:

    So even before the pay cut, he was only making £570k per year? That really doesn’t make sense if he lives where they say he lives and in the kind of property. He’d need to be renting, and even then – a 2 bed maisonette in Chelsea goes for £5k per month and a (n admittedly stonking) townhouse is going for £65k per month. Something doesn’t add up.

  16. Jb says:

    Uncle Dodgy is prob funding all of it. Maybe we’ll get to see him!

  17. Daria says:

    It’s just her starter marriage anyway. Husband #2 will be better off.

    • RussianBlueCat says:

      If it wasn’t for the crazy cult he is in, Tom Cruise would have been a good choice for a husband for Pippa. Imagine the bragging Carole could do?
      ” Yes Hyacinth, I am jetting off to California to see my darling Pippa and son in law. You know Tom Cruise, one of the most famous movie stars in the world? Going to see their Malibu oceanfront estate. I do hope I don’t burn while we are having lunch overlooking the Pacific. I will bring sunscreen. Then tomorrow back to London to see Kate and PRINCE William. I must also stop in an see the Queen she has not been returning my calls”

  18. JustJen says:

    A honeymoon without a yacht? Have they lost their minds??? Everybody knows Pippa loves the sun, which is evident by her sun damaged skin…

    • Maria says:

      Well it’s free. Don’t know if TR James (sorry Kaiser, Moderately Wealthy James), owns a yacht.
      I know he owns a private jet.

    • MinnFinn says:

      I bet they will spend one week in the Caribbean followed by a few weeks back in London so TR James can check on his hedge fund. Then it’s off to Glen Afric for another week for part deux of their honeymoon because it’s very British royal family to have part of one’s honeymoon at one of one’s country estates. (Chuck and Di had part of their honeymoon at Balmoral.) Pippa undoubtedly has already had the final fitting of the brown tweed part of her honeymoon trousseau for their week playing Lord and Lady Glen Afric. Plus surely she has already signed a deal with Country Life for pap photos of her plucking a thistle plant and strolling along a path of heather.

  19. Pumpkin Pie says:

    LOVIN’ your pippa tips concept !

  20. Pumpkin Pie says:

    1. I am sure she is DESPERATE to get married.
    2. Honeymooning in a place where they will likely spend a significant amount of time? If resources allow, many choose an exotic/special location.

  21. Chaine says:

    I learned everything I needed to know about Not So Rich James’ business acumen when I read about him loaning 100,000 pounds to the personalized marshmallow company.

  22. Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

    Pippa was always going to have to end up settling – the men she wanted didn’t want anything to do with her and her family, even with the royal connections.

    • Megan says:

      I think her incessant famewhoring after the wedding is what turned off the aristo crowd she was so interested in.

      • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

        It was apparently the reason MW (Moderately Wealthy) James ended it with her the first time they were together. He didn’t like the constant press attention – she toned it down when she started seeing him again.

      • seesittellsit says:

        Um, what was it Her Grace the Duchess of Northumberland said when Pippa was trying to snag George Percy? “Not quite wife material . . .” Ouch!!!!!!!!!!!

        It was Northumberland, wasn’t it? Them’s the Percys?

      • notasugarhere says:

        Yes, the Northumberlands are the Percy family. The Grosvenors have the Duke of Westminster title. In Ye Olde Days, those two heirs might have been eyed as spouses for Beatrice and Eugenie. The ages are off a bit, but marrying royal princesses into the two wealthiest landed families would have been matchmaking heaven.

        Yes, I’d still like to see Beatrice end up with the Percy heir. That or Albert TNT.

  23. JaneDoesWork says:

    I’d be pretty surprised if James doesn’t have a side “job” for his parents business, even if it doesn’t involve much actual work. That said, 200,000 Euro is not THAT much when you live in London and are accustomed to the lifestyle he is. And trying to support an entire family in London on that lifestyle? Forget it.

  24. lizzie says:

    i just came here to say the Scottish highlands is a great place for a honeymoon. it doesn’t seem like it but it is. the weather is moody, everything is cozy. it is remote, quiet and beautiful. it all makes for lots of sex. my husband and i were there last year and i got knocked up.

  25. Gg says:

    Scotland honeymoon reminds me of Kim and Kanye’s honeymoon. Lololol, the one she was miserable at because she had no cell reception and they ended early.

  26. Kitty says:

    Just how rich is this James guy actually? I feel as if the Middletons and William will use him cause of his wealth.

  27. Sansa says:

    She looks exactly like If Wallis Simpson had a daughter, so weird to me. I also think Queen Ii looked like Claire Danes in her twenties.

  28. pleaseicu says:

    A hedge fund manager/owner taking a 50+% salary cut after posting a loss in profits plays well to any anxious hedge fund clients.

    But there was no mention of him foregoing or slashing any bonuses and commissions or any other profit percentage he gets if he owns a stake in the business. I’d imagine the majority of his wealth comes from those bonuses and commissions anyway. Those run into the multi-millions. If those weren’t cut, 370,000 pounds is likely an inconsequential loss in income for him.

  29. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    The Middletons always remind me of a British version of the Kardashians. They should start a reality show.

  30. Julia says:

    Since she doesn’t appear to be intelligent, interesting or attractive, he seems like an adequate catch.

  31. corporate stepsister says:

    I think he might be quietly overextended and living on credit and other forms of lifestyle sustaining debt.

  32. hmmm says:

    From previous endless holidays Pippa loves the beach and warm turquoise water. Period. I am not buying her sudden love for all things northern and rugged.

  33. artistsnow says:

    Hard to believe, but no one has brought this up, lol.
    Are they actually in love?

  34. Marie says:

    I am loving this thread over here in the states! Great comments one and all.
    @digital unicorn (aka Betti) thanks fir the GREAT style tips. I screen shot those for keeps. Any good tips to make a non- existent butt look best?

  35. wolfpup says:

    The guideline is that Pippa is Reliably in love – like a velvet glove, or the texture of a rose, that is Us.

    Women everywhere bless love and stand up to hatefulness.

    Dreams of war IS not our vision. Princes, and palaces and horses, perhaps are. I do not see the reason of dreams blinding us to our vision of loveliness on earth – might we perhaps make a heaven, before death?

  36. wolfpup says:

    I come at this very late – but I am so jovial, because my 38-year-old son told me, his mama, that I have developed a “pirate mouth”. This is my sweet boy, that I share with you, who promised not to swear until he was old enough – I told him that I would teach him how if he waited! My beautiful son… At 62, he is telling me that I have a potty mouth.

    I come to you ladies, very late in the game. Tomorrow is a new day and news cycle.

    It’s so confusing,….the royals;…hahahahahaha, and bullshit.

  37. Cheryl Knox says:

    Well if ur not in the states ur used to all the royalty mumbo jumbo..we now have to cross are fingers and toes that our new president doesn’t cause world war 3..i like reading about the younger royalty.wish the little ones were around a bit more..thats what makes me read about your 2 FUTURE KINGS.Will katherine have another little boy i wonder.i would hope that they would have a house full.pippa mabe 1

  38. Cheryl Knox says:

    If u remember in the early 1900′s the wealthy of the wealthy went over seas to find a royal hubby for there little girls and many found a duke or lord to marry but like in fairy tails they grew up reading there marriges made up of royal men but once married most found out the fairy tales were false.all the lords and such married them because they came from the rich of the new world and allthose castles and manors were falling apart.so the new money was used for yhe refurbushing of the estates.most women were left alone..only one woman married 4 love.she met a scottish lord who had need for her riches. And i think they lived a happy life..

  39. Susan says:

    I’m, salaries for hedge fund managers are just nominal amounts. They make all their money from co-investment percentages in all the funds themselves. It’s just optics.