Is Pippa Middleton’s honeymoon extravaganza a ‘grueling global gloat’?

The wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews

As I’ve mentioned before, I really enjoy Tom Sykes, the royal correspondent/royal analyst for The Daily Beast. Sykes doesn’t break news about the royals, but his take on royal stories is often pretty interesting and I usually agree with him. Plus, his sources are generally within the royal press corps, and man, the royal press corps is not buying whatever Pippa Middleton is selling. Ever since Pippa married Terribly Moderately Wealthy James Matthews last month, James and Pippa have been on a worldwide adventure that involves paparazzi documenting their every move, seemingly with Pippa’s approval. The whole thing has been very odd, from the close-up, high-quality of the paparazzi photos (as in, they feel like planned photo-ops) to the designer IDs for everything Pippa has worn on her honeymoon (as in, Pippa’s honeymoon feels designer-sponsored). So, what is Tom Sykes’ take on Pippa’s honeymoon extravaganza? It’s very, very interesting. Some highlights:

The honeymoon never ends: “Despite the term “dream holiday” being bandied around by the media celebrity complex, the Matthews-Middleton world tour of the planet’s finest white-sand beaches and safari parks is coming more closely to resemble a grueling, if glamorous, global photoshoot, and could be possibly the least chill honeymoon ever undertaken. But this isn’t a honeymoon. It’s a Pippa-moon. And that is a very, very different thing; more of global gloat, a chance to show the world just how much smarter you are compared than your poor old sister, who can’t even go to Mustique without being hassled, than a chance to relax in the company of your newly hitched beloved.”

From Tahiti to New Zealand to Sydney: “They were later spotted running in Sydney, in the company of a personal trainer, having flown in from Tahiti via New Zealand. Because, well, why not add an extra leg to an insanely convoluted trip? And why not go for a really expensive run when you touch down. Now, few of us mere mortals would wish to arrive anywhere and go running with a specially booked personal trainer.”

Is James already over it? “Her rather weary looking husband followed behind, wondering, perhaps, exactly what it was he had signed up for in sickness and in health. But for the relentlessly scheduled Pippa, downtime is a crime. They were hardly able to pass an afternoon in Sydney without hopping onto the nearest seaplane to go to a smart restaurant on the Hawkesbury river. Then they spent three days last week at the luxury wild bush resort Bamurru Plains in Kakadu National Park, Darwin, before arriving at Perth airport on Thursday where, according to the Daily Mail, Pippa looked “bleary-eyed.”

No regular honeymoon: “The weirdest thing of all about Pippa’s honeymoon, however, is that none of it is really necessary. James’ parents own one of the world’s most awesome hotels, the Eden Roc in St. Barts. They could have just gone there, chilled out, ate some prawn and come home again. The holiday, according to some estimates, has cost as much as $140,000. And that’s not including the clothing bill or excess luggage account: One publication estimated that the 33-year-old’s travel clothes may have cost as much as $33,000.”

Sykes thinks Pippa’s honeymoon is designer sponsored too: “Before getting too excited about the numbers involved we should recall, of course, that there’s every possibility that Middleton and her new beau aren’t, despite their enormous wealth, paying retail. The royal family are not particularly notorious for insisting they pay full price for everything—just ask Land Rover—and it’s quite possible that Middleton has been offered some generous discounts by her loyal pals in the hotel business.”

Pippa looks happier than ever: “Hats off, however, to Middleton, who does finally appear to have figured out that granny was right, and it is always best to smile when having one’s photograph taken. Middleton had developed an unfortunate habit in London of ice-queening the paparazzi with a look that was 50 percent hauteur and 50 percent f–k you, which made running endless pictures of her on Page 3 even more irresistible than usual for the Daily Mail. Middleton even managed to tell reporters she was having a “wonderful time” on her vacay so far. And, as we all know, it costs nothing to be nice, does it?”

[From The Daily Beast]

I think Sykes perfectly captures the bizarreness of this whole Pippa experience rather well. This is how I felt about the wedding too, and the honeymoon extravaganza has only solidified the weirdness: regular rich people don’t behave this way. Regular celebrities don’t behave this way. Regular royals don’t behave this way. Pippa thinks she’s a combination of all three: rich, royal-adjacent, and a celebrity. And she’s shilling so hard and it gives off such a tacky vibe. I don’t get it at all.

Also: over the weekend, Pippa and James went to a “Swedish society wedding” and Pips wore a $3000 Erdem dress. And she looked so happy to see the photographers. Hm.

Photos courtesy of Getty, WENN.

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  1. guest says:

    That’s a hideous dress she wore in Sweden.

    • Connell says:

      Yes, Erdem frequently is. I didn’t think it was flattering in the least.

    • Indira says:

      Kate and Pippa have a terrible fashion sense.

    • Karen says:

      She looked like Granny from The Beverly Hillbillies. Doesn’t this woman know how to do chic? And her flat awful hair. She would never make it in New York.

    • DystopianDance says:

      First visualize the facial expression of a frozen woodland creature, i.e., a chipmunk. Okay, that’s my inner reality when a friend of mine revealed that Kate is her style icon.

    • Sarah says:

      I agree and they get really dressed up for weddings, no? White tie? And gowns! I have never gone to a wedding where I had to wear a long dress. Overkill.

  2. ObserverGirl says:

    Pippa loves getting papped and being in the media. She has hired PR manager Jo Milloy who also works for the Beckhams. The DM is the only website which publishes so many articles about these people. Guess Jo has some very good connections to the DM.

    • Odell says:

      It’s a joke that Pippa often is the top story on the Daily Fail.

    • TomatoGirl says:

      Pippa herself said that it couldn’t work out for her with a “couch potato” so their honeymoon makes perfect sense – they are both insanely active.
      I don’t see anything wrong with going for a run on vacay either. It’s a lifestyle, a healthy habit.

      • Lady D says:

        I’d work out on an extended honeymoon like this one, too. It’s just part of your day.

      • Who ARE These People? says:

        It is, but hiring a personal trainer? They’re both experienced runners. That’s a lot of effort for a honeymoon stop. She should really work in a travel agency.

      • Lady D says:

        Agreed, flying in a personal trainer does smack of entitlement.

    • TomatoGirl says:

      @WhoAreThesePeople – are you a runner? If you are you know that even years of experience don’t matter when you are in a new city/environment. I just moved cities and finding a good path to run, the kind that lasts a long while and doesn’t abruptly ends with a highway is not easy. To have a guide taking you on the best route is just very convenient.

      • FLORC says:

        I’m an expedience runner that ran on my honeymoon and vacations. You ask the locals or Google or the hotel staff. And you enjoy that intimacy with your SO in a romantic environment. Also, leaves room for immediate post workout activities.

        But, the pt is something lots of people can’t do without. Here it reads like entitlement.

      • AMA1977 says:

        My husband is a marathon runner (not for a living, lol!) and he always asks the hotel staff, Googles running routes, or posts on one of his running message boards to ask locals for recommendations when we go on vacation or he’s away on a business trip. She can do whatever she wants with her money, but a personal trainer is not a “must” in this situation.

      • Magnoliarose says:

        I am a runner and I travel. You simply plan ahead and double check with the concierge. There are also running clubs in some cities that can be a resource. It is ostentatious and over the top to have a trainer like this.

    • TomatoGirl says:

      No, the point is you can look for everything yourself, you can ask others and you can have a personal trainer or guide. It’s all a matter of personal preference and financial ability.

  3. Alix says:

    His parents own a world-class hotel and they didn’t just go there??? Crazy.

    Also, hubby’s got the longest neck I’ve ever seen on a guy.

  4. Maria F. says:

    i must disagree. Not about the photo ops or the designer sponsored dresses, but about the fact that they should have had their honeymoon at his hotel. Well, that is not very spectacular, they can go there all the time anyhow.

    If they wanted to visit a lot of places and have great adventures, more power to them. And just because Tom Sykess might not be sporty (just guessing), i know tons of executives who go for a run to beat the jet lag. Plus, we call can agree that Pippa and James are very active people, so why would they not want to do things instead of just lying on the beach.

    Again, I am not a Pippa apologist, but some comments are just plain stupid and seem pulled out of thin air.

    • nona says:

      I agree. I’ve done the run thing myself shortly after a long flight. Also, he’s painting her as a fame whore, but in the next breath says she doesn’t like paps in London. He comes across as petty, almost as if he’s writing this punishment piece because she didn’t smile and wave while in London.

    • Canadian Becks says:

      I think it’s not so much that they were jogging on their honeymoon but that they flew their personal trainer in to Australia to do that. That does seem OTT.
      It’s not like they need the trainer there to motivate them, yes?

      I saw pictures of them jogging with the personal trainer in Australia, and she must have been concentrating so hard on the cameras that she totally missed a turn, and had to be physically restrained after running past the turn, like shoulders being grabbed by James, and pulled back to retrace her steps. She totally had her eye on the cameras.

      However, Tom Sykes seems wrong about the “ice-queening” reputation. I will believe a lot of things, but to believe that the Middletons somehow “ice out” the Paps? Pippa always seems glad to see the Paps. Whatever you say about the Wisteria sisters, they like to smile widely at the Paps.

      • addie says:

        It’s not about their fitness interests; the point of Sykes’ post was to illuminate that Pippa wanted the press (and world) attention. Having the personal trainer along reeks of hitting people over the head with their entitlement. But that’s a Middleton trait writ large and tackily.

        This couple did not need a personal trainer to motivate, instruct or guide them on a running path in Sydney. Asking ahead, or simply looking at a map would reveal that once stepping out of their hotel could take them on one of two routes: (1) through the Rocks area/ along the harbour foreshore and right around to Darling Harbour or (2) across Circular Quay, around the Sydney Opera House concourse and through to the adjacent Botanical Gardens, where numerous paths beckon. It’s easy to see with your eyes open.

        This was all about, and only about, being photographed and placed in media to gain attention. Baby wants attention! I also read that Jo Milloy, the PR woman, also accompanied them on this global gloat. It certainly seemed a junket to flaunt clothing, and tourism destinations, so most likely heavily comped.

    • Micki says:

      I agree. Tom Sykes offered not only a prescription what your (her) wedding should be, he also thinks he can offer a binding advice how one should have a honeymoon. Money doesn’t mean class but my God, it’s her wedding and her honeymoon. It’s their money and they are not obliged to set an example in any way. Her sister is.

      • FLORC says:

        True, but she’s publicised the relationship to engagement to wedding to honeymoon like crazy. At this point she’s famous by association and could easily fade out. We know these details because she’s hustling. A hustle I do respect to a point.

      • Micki says:

        @Florc, to some extent, yes, but it’s also true that a lot of the wedding stories were a complete fabrication that never happened. If it weren’t for the never ending story of Meghan’s attendance there wasn’t so much else left.

    • Lucy says:

      Honestly these people are not YOU and ME, he’s worth close to a billion$$$ so spending under $200,000 for a honeymoon is nothing to them. I don’t know I see nothing wrong with the way they handle themselves or live, their money they can do what they want with it.

  5. astrid says:

    Thirsty. Not the way I’d be on my honeymoon, traipsing all over the world with the papps not far behind.

    • Olenna says:

      Thirsty is right. I’m so tired of this chick’s publicity antics. When I’d see DM readers comment that they were “sick to my back teeth” of Katie Keen or her family, I always thought it sounded too harsh. Now, I’m not so sure.

    • CynicalAnn says:

      Yes-it’s bizarre. Why in the world would anyone care about her honeymoon? I have second hand embarrassment from her efforts to drum up interest by having paps at the ready.

    • Lady D says:

      Paps no, but I would be traipsing all over the world!

  6. sarri says:

    I wonder if James will regret it one day that he joined the Middleton circus.

    Although I don’t even think that this marriage will last…

  7. Elaine says:


    I think you mean ‘Money-moon’! WINK (trademark Royaldish2017).

    As in, it’s all sponsored. From Kate Spade Clothes, to the Australian resorts which are more than happy to usher poor, shy, publicity adverse Pippa through their doors. Oh, why won’t the paparazzi leave them alone!

    However do they manage to find them every.single.time?! Magic, surely. This is some next level Harry Potter shizz right there.

    • CynicalAnn says:

      Everyone, even the Muggles, must realize she’s doing this herself.

      • addie says:

        You would need to be seriously deficient in the brains department to think Pippa is not orchestrating this through her paid PR.

  8. Starlight says:

    She has only been with him a year no wonder the other boyfriends got scared off with her relentless search for a photo opportunity. Even Madonna didn’t have this much coverage when she married Guy Richie infact her wedding was very tasteful she hid herself away from the media circus. Pippa however looks like she craves attention and maybe has a really bad inferiority complex. If you put yourself in the public eye enough you become a celebrity. Which makes me think if she carries on like this the aristocracy she craves so badly will turn their back on her.

    • Royalsparkle says:

      Remember, she is no celebrity, hardworking successful wealthy business person/VIP or Royal hence, the paps wh….ing to pretend she is one of the above.

    • Zaratustra says:

      Pippa’s sister married the 2nd-in-line to the British throne. Try keeping up with such a performance while your socially ambitious mother keeps pointing at your “perfect” sister. Poor Pippa. My impression is that Carole ruined her childhood (private schools with aristos) and her teenage years (private schools with aristos and prestigeous university) and her 20ies (try catching an aristo and don’t get a career else you miss out on aristos) and her dating life (only: rich, preferably titled) by trying to push her to date and catch aristos. Imagine how much ridicule Pippa must have endured. “Wisteria sisters” is probably one of the nicer ones. And only when that didn’t work Matthews got his chance. I might have some pity for the Middletons. But when you are over 30 I think you are wholly responsible maybe not entirely for your past but definitely for your future.

      • addie says:

        True, The Mother is awful. But I think Pippa is as driven as her mother in regard to chasing the aristos and/or money. They seem to be more alike than not. There is no indication that Pippa wanted to do anything else but cash in on her sister’s fame via her relationship with William. James Matthews seemed to be the last man standing after a string of wealthy, titled men who ultimately dumped her. I see James as malleable, much like Mike Middleton.

      • Sorry, no dignity in that says:

        @ addie

        Mike Middleton apparently didn’t quite lfulfill Carole’s ambition of “married to pilot”. Mike was a flight dispatcher. But apparently Carole had wanted a pilot. Poor Mike. A few years ago it was reported in the tabloids that Mike were a pilot which later turned out to be untrue. I doubt the tabloids made a mistake. It is more likely that Carole actually forgot to correctly describe her husband’s career path when she told the press 😉

        I am not sure James is malleable. Because he works as a hedge funder and those guys aren’t malleable. They are tough as nails and a whole host of other unpleasant things. Because if they are not they go bancrupt. Perhaps James needs that “socialite wife” for status to move up in the world of finance. Perhaps James just allows Pippa to organise their marriage on a social stage.

  9. Sixer says:

    Christ almighty, it’s all so frickin’ MEANINGLESS.

    I mean, I like gossip as much as the next person but this is just a big fat empty vessel, isn’t it? It’s not a honeymoon, it’s an empty vessel generating empty comment. If I gossip, I want to be gossiping ABOUT something. Can’t one of them shag Russell Brand or something?

    • Suze says:

      You mean you aren’t you interested in moderately wealthy private citizens honeymooning and attending weddings? Or out for a nice healthy jog? Ha!

      I will give Pippa credit for hustle. It takes a lot of work to draw this type of attention around the globe. But you are right it’s all a bunch of dull.

      • Sixer says:

        Diana walked through landmines, gave AIDS patients cuddles, shagged the captain of the England rugby team. Chuck wore cufflinks with the wrong initials (or something like that, can’t remember exactly) and fantasised about being an unlucky tampon because something something biscuit of mistress.

        THAT’S GOSSIP.

        This is marketised, purchased gossip. B-O-R-I-N-G.

      • bluhare says:

        Haha, you guys. So true!

      • Zaratustra says:

        I think that Papparazzi are always glad if some C-list celebrity tips them off about what they are going to do. It is safe money even if it isn’t that much money. See, as a papparazzi you can either wait for an A-lister somewhere and maybe he will turn up or maybe not. A-listers and their teams do spread false information. But if a papparazzi KNOWS that there is a C-lister somewhere on a scheduled time … safe and quick money so there is no risk of not shooting anyone that day.

        Btw. can anyone make a guess how much a papparazzi might make on pap shots of Pippa on her honeymoon? Might be a small but nice sum, right? Perhaps Pippa does even get kick-backs?

    • Royalsparkle says:

      Spot on!

      Except for the headlines- this useless is a waste of milisec to click on other sites – sickening, for all the important current other events happening.

    • Sharon Lea says:

      haha ITA, it has been one giant hoopla and I’m not getting it. In one DM article they pointed out it is winter in Australia so the clothing didn’t quite match the climate too. It seems there is a clothing for free/getting papped arrangement.

      Anyone else think some of this could be directed at her ex, Nico Jackson? I think she was crazy about him, he is a hedge fund manager too. Maybe she is trying to flaunt James in same way to him as well?

      • layla says:

        @Sharon Lea – I couldn’t help it , the comment about “clothing didn’t quite match the weather” was too intriguing.

        So I googled. Ugh.. what has my life come to? Haha.

        She was wearing long tights and a t-shirt with a long sleeve top wrapped around her waist. Seems appropriate to me. Plus, Winter in Sydney can mean 20degC. I’ve run in much less on a cold Canadian Fall day.

        It all seems a bit much really.

      • Lady D says:

        In the above picture with the striped dress, was her arrival in Australia.

      • addie says:

        It’s pretty warm in Australia, even in winter. When they were here, it would have been around 20C (68F) in Sydney, maybe a bit cooler, and in Darwin around 30C (86F). Perth was around 25C (77F). So, pretty mild all up.

      • Ange says:

        Funny really, they wore light clothes for Sydney which would have been a little chilly and jeans for Darwin which is always hot as balls lol.

        But I’m not surprised a couple of Brits find our winters pretty warm. I was over there in summer a few years back and froze.

    • bluhare says:

      I agree, Sixer. It’s totally meaningless, and really seems to be Pippa trying to reinvent herself as something else.

      • Sixer says:

        Yes but if she was reinventing, she could have gone full Eddie Izzard and had a honeymoon of consecutive marathons for charidee. The Moderately Wealthy James could have trailed along in one of those motorised rickshaws, cheering her on and passing the water bottles.

        There. See? They should have hired me.

  10. Connell says:

    The wedding was embarrassingly over-the-top, and the honeymoon was the same. I still think James Matthews is borderline autistic. (Not that I would know, but I am a retired teacher). I hope Pippa will be happy. She wanted so badly to be wealthy, and she dated (slept) her way through a ton of “upper class” guys, many of whom dumped her. It wouldn’t surprise me if she was divorced in five years. I completely agree with your article Kaiser.

    • CynicalAnn says:

      Really-I’m all for shining a light on how thirsty Pippa is-but James is borderline autistic??? That’s a stretch. He looks like he’s uncomfortable with the spotlight but crazy about her so willing to put up with it.

    • kaiko says:

      Wow, that’s a weird comment—autistic??! where the heck did that come from? cause he doesn’t strain and smile maniacally and put on a show for the cameras like his wife and in laws? maybe he’s actually a bit shy, maybe he is thinking of something other than what everyone else thinks of him? sheesh….talk about fanning a non existent fire. and even if by some remote chance he was, he’s in PLENTY of good company. ever meet a highly successful engineer or surgeon? i know quite a few brilliant minds (if I do say so myself, ahem ahem) that would definitely be labeled as “spectrum disorder” these days. so bloody what?
      like it or not, the future belongs to the great innovators, not the great communicators.

  11. yanni says:

    Honestly, I don’t see the problem here.

  12. Rice says:

    My honeymoon was 5 days at an all-inclusive resort in Curacao where we got blessedly tipsy over Grasshoppers and Sex-on-the-Beach and pretending that the rest of the world didn’t exist. This isn’t a honeymoon, this is a pap-a-moon. Oh, I see!! Well played Pippa! Pap-a, Pippa.

  13. RBC says:

    My mother once said” I wanted my honeymoon to last forever, because I knew the hard work of being (and staying) married was waiting when we got home”

    • Royalsparkle says:

      Thats the least of middleton concern i.e. making it work – so long as the luxury lifestyle is funded (equal to her other half of the Wisteria), private jetting vacations and rubbing shoulders with designers for maximum freebies – is all pips carole is up to.

  14. Patricia says:

    My honeymoon was a week of snorkeling, hiking, laying on the beach, laying in the hot tub, eating and smoking the good stuff on the island of St John.
    Followed by three nights of camping in the woods near the jersey shore (because we had a little extra time off. So fancy to have two locations lol).
    We scheduled ONE thing: a private sailboat that took us to even more snorkel locations. The rest of the time we did whatever the hell we felt like in a given moment and just slowly took in the fact that we were partnered for life. I really think honeymoons should be a quiet, relaxing, unscheduled time. I mean, the wedding was enough planning!

    I have a strong marriage, but a honeymoon like this would NOT have been a good start!

    • L84Tea says:

      I agree. My honeymoon was in Kauai and Oahu, Hawaii and we spent our days snorkeling, swimming with turtles, sailing up the Napali Coast, and eating our way through the best sushi we’d ever had in our lives. We were completely disconnected from everyone and everything and it was glorious. This all sounds so exhausting.

  15. Maria says:

    I still don’t get why we are getting all these photo-ops while they are on their so-called honeymoon when we didn’t get a single one of her, Kate, and Meghan at the reception. I would have loved to have seen what they wore. Instead they get papped going for a run. Not interesting.
    I’m waiting for a pregnancy announcement which means we will be treated to 9 months of her growing bump.

  16. Tiffany says:

    Private citizens spending their own money on a luxury vacation. That is what I see.

  17. Idky says:

    Omg, his neck.

  18. Zondie says:

    “But for the relentlessly scheduled Pippa, downtime is a crime.”

    Her whole life is downtime!!! Has she ever held down a job for any length of time, or answered to anyone besides her mother?!

  19. Cerys says:

    She is perfectly entitled to go wherever she wants for her honeymoon. However the press seem under the impression that the rest of us are interested. It’s impossible to avoid all the pap shots. She certainly seems very aware she is being papped as she always manages to smile and look in the direction of the camera at the right moment. I wonder if TMW James has had a say in any of it.

    • hmmm says:

      Actually it’s Pips who thinks the world is interested, or she will make them interested. She’s employed a master of PR. Why would she need a PR rep?

  20. TomatoGirl says:

    IF the Brits are so tired of Pippa they should stop clicking on DM articles about her – the paps only deliver what the public seem to be interested in. I enjoyed reading about her honeymoon and her house and her husband. Considering she is really nothing special she has done pretty well for herself and unlike her sister, Pippa won’t even be hold accountable for any of her (extravagant or ugly as they might seem) choices. It’s obvious the public is interested in her and she is milking it. Nobody will care about their Boomf Brother no matter how many beards he grows.

  21. Odette says:

    If people were like, “we’ll give you 80% off everything if you just let us take a few pictures,” I’d be all: “YES! Sign me up!”

    Pippa has never bothered me.

    • TomatoGirl says:

      I probably would consider, although I think if I could afford it myself (I think Pippa can) I would refuse the offer. I like my privacy too much.

  22. graymatters says:

    I think Pippa would be more likable were she not Kate’s sister. This screams sibling rivalry to me. Of course, were she not royalty-adjacent, none of us would know her name.

  23. hmmm says:

    @royalsareajoke coined the aptest word for this bloody travesty- “moneymoon”. This is naked, abject lust. Just. Wow. In that, Pippa seems to have certainly surpassed her sister, or perhaps it’s just more blatant.

  24. Harla Jodet says:

    When I see all these photos I get the impression that it’s all a dig at her older sister, along the lines of “See how well I married, you might be the future Queen Consort but I can go anywhere, wear what I want and spend as much as James has and you have to spend the rest of your life working 62 days a year and hiding out in Norfolk.”

  25. Lainey says:

    It’s official- I detest Erdem. The only ones I kinda like were the ones Mary and Meghan wore and even then they’d be a last resort. The one Pips is wearing is particularly heinous.
    God that honeymoon sounds exhausting. Would you really want to spend your honeymoon making sure your free outfits are being papped from every angle?. I’d much rather relax and enjoy myself.

    • TomatoGirl says:

      I don’t like it either. Horrible. Especially those terrible “gowns” – it’s someone who has no taste but likes flowers and frills’ idea of a floor length evening dress.

  26. BeamMeUpScottie says:

    She is becoming beyond annoying.
    Go on a luxury honeymoon if you must. I have no problem with that – your life, your money. (shrugs shoulders).

    But FFS don’t call the paps and get your aggressive PR/showbiz lady to flood the newspapers for days on end!!!!
    As Karl Lagerfield said, she is not a particularly pretty girl even tnough she tries, her dress sense is woeful and her claim to fame is tenous to say the least – sheesh!

  27. PettyRiperton says:

    Horrible fashion runs in the family I see. She better hope James doesn’t get tired of her PR stunts or else she will be in the news for the wrong reasons.

  28. seesittellsit says:

    When you’re always on the move you don’t risk quiet time in which is is too likely you’ll end up reflecting on the fact that you married because it was high time and people were starting to wonder, and this was the best offer at hand, even if he looks dismally like the second lead in one of those old English films where the well-born bride in widowed old age in flashbacks looks back sadly at the years of safe but empty marriage, thinking about the handsome but poor RAF pilot she really loved but rejected because he Wasn’t One of Us. . .

    someone stop me.

    Keep moving, Pips.

    • AMA1977 says:

      Hilarious. Absolutely spot on and hilarious. 🙂

    • addie says:

      Exactly right, sad to say. Though Pips never entertained the thought of mixing with anyone ‘poor’. Ugh! I think she’d faint away at the very thought.

  29. Natalie S says:

    The Middletons just don’t have mystique. They are so eager to have people see them be showy about spending money. But if they picked their moments and only showed a little and left people guessing, it would be so much more effective. More Quality, Less Quantity: A Minimalist Guide to Attention Seeking.

    • TomatoGirl says:

      You might be right or it might be that they just don’t care to pretend. I cared about this “mystique” and everhing it entails when I was in my early 20s. Now I’m in my 30s and I’m just enjoying being who I am.

      • Natalie S says:

        She has a publicist apparently. Not only does she care, she’s paying someone else to care too.

    • Zaratustra says:

      I don’t get the impression from Pippa that she is “just enjoying being who she is”. (quotation from TomatoGirl who did put this expertly and I would confirm that shift of importance. The older I get the better I feel about myself 🙂 )

      Sadly Pippa is desparate. Newly wed and desparate for attention. WTF.

      • Natalie S says:

        She still hasn’t outgrown her Edithness, even though I’m sure she thinks she’s a Mary.

  30. SoulSPA says:

    Even though I do not know her personally, I do not like her. She courts PR opportunities. Smiles at the cameras. Loves the attention. Invites for more attention. Times have changed with easy access now to social media but she gets too much coverage compared to most members of the RF and their families. I do not like her for the attention she courts and gets, given that she’s done nothing to deserve it. No personal merit whatsoever except for some rare participation in sports events and some charity.

    • Zaratustra says:

      Question is why is she doing it?

      Is Moderately Terribly Rich James Matthews only Hardly Moderately Terribly Rich J.M.?

      Promoting Party Pieces family business?

      Trying to carve a career for herself? But what kind of? She can hardly go full Kardashian, can she? And if she tries some upper class lifestyle or design business: upper class doesn’t like publicity much.

      Vanity? Trying to go on par with her sister who holidayed in the most expensive hotels?

      I have a theory why they don’t holiday in the Matthew family’s Eden Roc hotel: the Matthew family did tell Pippa that they don’t want Pip’s kind of cheap and tacky PR for their carefully cultivated hotel brand. That must have sucked. I bet Pippa would have loved to be papped in that classy Eden Roc hotel. Good for her brand. Bad for the Matthew family hotel brand. *LOL*

  31. Tanya says:

    If she walked past me, I wouldn’t know who she happened to be.

  32. Zaratustra says:

    Do Middleton ladies upper lips always get more voluminous after their wedding? Usually their upper lips vanish when they smile but now their upper lips are there even when a full smile pulls their mouth as far apart as possible.

  33. What's Inside says:

    Her 15 minutes are just about over….

  34. says:

    Eh.. I don’t see the big deal, really.