Will Pippa Middleton ask Duchess Kate to be matron of honor at her wedding?

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As we learned yesterday, Pippa Middleton is finally engaged! He is the Terribly Rich ™ James Matthews, hedge fund manager and owner of a big mansion. I remember a story about Pippa’s prospects years ago, back when people were still vaguely interested in Pippa, wherein some snooty society-watcher was basically like “Pippa needs to find a guy with a title, but we’ll settle for someone rich.” I think “someone titled” was the original plan, but all of those guys backed away from the Middletons. So she had to find someone Terribly Rich ™. And she did! Not only did Pippa announce her engagement yesterday, she also stepped out for the first photo-op with the ring – an asscher-cut diamond which allegedly costs something like £200,000. Pippa also stepped out today and made sure to flash the ring – go here to see.

While the coverage of Pippa’s engagement has been cloying and over the top, there were a few stories that made me happy, like this Daily Beast piece. Basically, Tom Sykes at the DB says that this is how the Cambridges and the royal handlers have solved their “Pippa Problem.” Pippa was seen as a problem in royal circles because she couldn’t look like she was cashing in on her royal connections, nor did she have any real talent at anything else. So the royal plan was to marry Pippa off to the first rich guy who showed any interest, and now Pippa can be rebranded as a society wife who does some charity work. Meanwhile, People Mag did this cheeseball story about how “Princess Kate” might not be the matron of honor at her sister’s wedding.

Princess Kate has said she is “absolutely delighted” with the news that her sister Pippa Middleton is engaged to hedge-fund manager James Matthews. But will she be in the bridal party as matron of honor? The elder sister, 34, faces an age-old royal conundrum of not wanting to cause an upset by having her princess status overshadow the bride, 32, on her big day.

As bridesmaid-of-the-century Pippa found when she rose to fame as the breakout star of the 2011 royal wedding, there’s likely to be analysis of the attendants as much as of the bride. And Kate will want to do her best to avoid that.

“Kate would upstage her sister,” says veteran royals author Judy Wade. “It’s a tricky situation for Pippa. She would want her sister by her side, as who else would she trust to make things go well? But if your sister is a future Queen, she is going to upstage the bride and draw attention. Kate would want to be in the background as much as possible.”

One pointer from the past: Princess Diana wasn’t a bridesmaid at the prominent wedding that followed hers – the 1986 nuptials of Sarah Ferguson to Prince Andrew. Her own older sisters, Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale, were both already wed by the time Diana became a royal. With her own two children Prince George and Princess Charlotte – who may have their own wedding roles to play – Kate will be busy ensuring they don’t dominate proceedings by dashing around the church.

There’s every chance that Kate could do a reading – just as the sisters’ brother, Boomf marshmallow maker James Middleton, did at William and Kate’s wedding in 2011. James could well repeat that role and may even be best man – he has taken part in grueling athletic events alongside Matthews and Pippa and also has vacationed with them – or certainly be an usher.

[From People]

First, I would laugh my ass off if Pippa made Kate do a “reading.” Kate HATES public speaking, and if Pippa made Kate do a reading, it would beautifully passive-aggressive. Secondly, I sort of think Kate and the people around Kate vastly overestimate her ability to hijack the attention at weddings. This is a consistent excuse used for why Kate doesn’t attend friends’ weddings: that she’ll draw focus from the bride. When really I think Kate doesn’t go to friends’ weddings because A) they’re William’s friends and she doesn’t give a sh-t and B) she knows that all of the attention will NOT be on her. I mean, Pippa got more attention than Kate at Kate’s own wedding!

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  1. HappyMom says:

    No-of course she won’t be matron of honor. Pippa will have a bunch of small children in attendance-including George (Charlotte will probably be too young at that point) and that will be it.

    • Megan says:

      Bridesmaids don’t interest me, but I am curious about where the wedding breakfast, dinner and after party will be held. I wonder if W+K will host something at Kensington Palace.

  2. HH says:

    Most likely. However, Pippa seems to actually have friends so there could be the potential surprise.

    Also, RE: “I mean, Pippa got more attention than Kate at Kate’s own wedding!” >>>>>>> Looking back, this should have been my first clue that Kate, even in her new royal life, was going to be boring.

  3. Bettyrose says:

    But will Pippa’s wedding be broadcast globally on major news networks? If not, can we start a petition?

    • MinnFinn says:

      I’ll sign your petition. Plus I want a reality show of Pippa and Carole planning her wedding. The title will be “Carole’s In Charge”.

  4. CoKatie says:

    Who else does she have OTHER than Kate? The Middleton Girls seem to be very insular and don’t appear to have many girl friends. But maybe I’m unaware …

    • HH says:

      Pippa has been photographed out many times with different groups of friends, male and female. The press just liked to focus on her going out with different male friends/companions to make her look like she was desperate and on the hunt. She very well could have been, but the press was also trying to portray a particular narrative.

  5. Lainey says:

    Do you think she took showing the ring lessons from Kate? Hand in hair ✔️
    Gripping bag ✔️
    Held out at awkward angle ✔️
    As for Kate as matron of honour I think it’ll happen. Try and get as much attention as possible. Stick her in a boring dress while pippa wears something figure hugging and it won’t matter.

    • MsGoblin says:

      Yep, she did!
      Additionally, the ring would be SO much prettier if it did not have that halo of diamonds around it.
      But, then the Middleton’s have never really embraced “less is more”.

  6. littlemissnaughty says:

    Oh my God, Pipps, DO IT. First of all, she would not steal focus, are you kidding me? The kids might, I’ll give ‘em that. George will tear the dress to shreds if he gets the chance. Second, how is that even a discussion? As if her sister won’t be there and play a significant role just because 40 years from now, she might become queen? … I keep forgetting that she’s not just Duchess Marilyn but actually the future queen.

  7. Betti says:

    Dunno but George and Charlotte will def feature heavily in the bridal party – with posed shots for Hello taken by Mario Testino!

  8. Eleonor says:

    I would flash that ring with a big smile too!!
    I am very amused by this: “Pippa was seen as a problem in royal circles because she couldn’t look like she was cashing in on her royal connections, nor did she have any real talent at anything else”.
    …like the Duchess is sooo better than her sister, but at least Pippa does a lot more charity work than Will and Kate put together.

  9. Francesca says:

    She looks really really happy. Rich fiance, giant ring, summer in London. Where do I sign up??

  10. perplexed says:

    She looks so bad in that photo. Even Kate, on her worst un-photoshopped day, looks better than that.

    • Betti says:

      I disagree – Pips looks good in these shots and other than the orange glow she generally looks ‘healthier’ than Kate.

      • Qzie says:

        It is only me? I think Pippa looks healthy, athletic and toned–yes, she has an unfortunate orange problem, but overall is an attractive and fit woman.

      • Locke Lamora says:

        Yeah, I think Pippa looks good, just very orange. But then, I think Kate looks good most of the time too.

      • Bridget says:

        Whoever does Pippa’s spray tans for events should be fired, because here she looks great.

  11. Casi says:

    Why ia “reading” in quotes? There are typically two or three at a Christian wedding service, one from the Old and one from the New Testament, and sometimes a gospel reading. Kate could surely handle a reading.

    Also I cannot be the only one that is amused by her ASScher cut ring? I know that is the name of the cut but by inner 12-year-old thinks it is humorous.

  12. LAK says:

    I’m enjoying the roll out of the ring/ engagement to the Terribly rich James Mathews with the £17M chelsea townhouse very much.

    I hope their wedding is as public and over the top ridiculous as Amalooney.

  13. Locke Lamora says:

    Where I’m from you never make relatives Maid of Honour/Best Man. And we don’t have bridal parties so the family is just there as the family. They do usually sit at a special table at the reception.

    Having said that, the one thing I always liked about the Middletons is how close they are. That’s really lovely. So if that’s the custom in England, making Kate Matron of Honour would be really nice.

  14. Katenotkatie says:

    I’m laughing my ass off at “Boomf marshmallow maker James Middleton”- what a family.

  15. MinnFinn says:

    What do these very rich men see in her? I am honestly at a loss. I saw her Matt Lauer interview and her cowgirl report for NBC and she is extremely lackluster. Undoubtedly there are plenty of women for these rich or aristo men to date/marry with credentials on par with Pippa but with more to offer such as a personality, are prettier or that have used their uni degree in a career.

    • spidey says:

      Actually we have no idea what she is really like when she is desperately trying not to cause controversy just because her sister married some guy.

    • Devereaux says:

      You have to break it down. The result is how Kate Middleton, granddaughter of a truck driver, scion of coal miners, ended up marrying Future King of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

      So for Pipps marries rich I reckon its:
      -James is a straight, unadventurous, unimaginative man. So that narrows future spouses to younger than 35, white, English, female.

      -man with a famous brother. He doesn’t want to marry a WAG or a TOWIE wannabe or someone who’d use him for Spencer’s celeb contacts. So someone with enough of her own thing happening. Even if that thing involves endless sports -swimming, biking, hiking etc.

      -a hedge fund guy. So he needs someone who can entertain, and socialize at the highest levels. That again narrows it down to someone with education and enough polish to not embarrass him about which fork to use or wine to serve. So any female in his social set. Which Pippa is/was.

      -Pippa’s impeccable royal connections. Regardless of how hard Kate and Will do or do not work, he’s still the future Head of State for a country Pippa and James will continue to inhabit. That can *only* help James’ social and financial ambitions. Who wouldn’t trust the King’s BIL with their finances? Who wouldn’t give a meeting to the guy who eats Sunday lunch with the King? Yeah.

      -then we get to personality. James, like Pippa, is also extremely active and sporty. They share a hobby lifestyle.

      so. needs + shallow reasons (is she hott?) = Pippers picks out her wedding dress while watching in-flight movies on her fiance’s private plane.

      Pippa was raised around the rich. Her parents didn’t have as much as her peers had, but she never allowed that to intimidate her. So she met rich, dated rich and, no surprise -married rich. You marry your peers. Who you meet.

      She may be (imo) a crap writer and not very humble (again, imo) but this type of marriage (rich rich rich MOAR HOTEL) was always on the cards.

      Nice work, if you can get it ;-)

      • MinnFinn says:

        An interesting and very plausible breakdown, thanks.

        So I still puzzle over this which I did not state very clearly above. For their set, Pippa to me seems below average or D list equivalent i.e. an entry level British toff. Seems like James could do A LOT better. And while I agree that Pippa would marry within her peer group, I would have expected her to marry another entry level toff like Nico. As an American I am clearly underestimating the value of Pippa’s connection to the house of Windsor, so thanks for enlightening me.

        Pippa is majorly beholden to her sister Kate not unlike how the Kardashians have Kim’s sex tape to thank for their rise to wealth.

      • Fred says:

        - Someone who knows to put a space between a dash and sentence, plus to capitalise the first letter of a sentence

    • Zardi123 says:

      My reply should of been here not half way up
      totally agree she is dwarf like
      and poor him he hasnt been blessed with good looks

  16. spidey says:

    I’m actually glad for her, I wouldn’t have been comfortable in her situation. She is stared at and papped and criticised for everything she does because of who her sister married, over which she had not control.

    As far as I know she hasn’t done anyone any harm.

  17. Bridget says:

    Pippa really overplayed her hand after “the wedding”, though she read which way the wind was blowing a lot better than her sister and actually course corrected. Pippa is actually a better representative of her charity than Kate.

  18. Angel says:

    I always really liked Pippa, for no reason I can think of. Like the ring in theory, doesn’t fit her hand though. Maybe a smaller one, eternity band etc, not a large solitaire.
    Sorry, jewelry rambling:)

  19. Robin says:

    That ring is tacky and looks like a cheap cocktail ring.

  20. bcgirl says:

    Our local news did a story on her engagement last night and then they panned to her arse walking away, just a full screen arse shot.
    I complained loudly to my husband and said I’d need to see Trudeau’s arse next then, as he was in the next story. pfffft. unreal.

  21. Snotface says:

    That ring looks like a football player’s Superbowl ring or something. Yikes! Too big.

  22. MinnFinn says:

    I had been a Pippa-wore-butt-pads skeptic but not after seeing today’s photo of her very flat booty. http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/07/20/19/3672525400000578-3698936-image-a-5_1469038308060.jpg Today’s booty is not anything like her booty in her bridesmaid dress.

  23. Starlight says:

    He looks absolutely smitten head over heels coca hoot as for Pippa – ?!?!?

  24. Tough Cookie says:

    Why does People magazine still insist on using “Princess Kate?” It irritates me, for some reason. I mean, I know she is technically a princess, but I still cringe every time I see that.

  25. Twinkle says:

    I never thought she’s attractive.