James Middleton is probably engaged to Alizee Thevenet & her ring is sapphire?

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James Middleton is “one of the most eligible bachelors in Britain.” Yes or no? The Daily Mail called him that and now I can’t stop laughing. I mean… if you knew nothing about him and just met him at a bar and only talked to him about animals, I could possibly see how someone would be interested in him. But once you found out that he was blowing through millions of dollars on Nazi marshmallow schemes, wouldn’t you back away slowly? And if the business stuff didn’t do it, surely meeting his mother would kill any ladyboner. Carole Middleton has been trying to make “Eligible Bachelor James” happen for years, with little luck. She’s been trying to marry him off like she’s a mother from a Jane Austen novel and James is the homely third daughter with no dowry. Anyway, Carole has probably succeeded: reportedly, James has proposed to his girlfriend Alizee Thevenet. They’ve been dating for about ten or eleven months, and we got the confirmation that they were seeing each other in January of this year.

James Middleton gave the only reading at the wedding of his sister the Duchess of Cambridge, declaring: ‘Let love be genuine.’ Now, he will be the one exchanging vows. For I can reveal that James is to wed his French girlfriend, Alizee Thevenet.

‘They’ve got engaged,’ one of their friends tells me. ‘Alizee has been wearing a beautiful sapphire sparkler. They’ve been keeping the engagement secret, but news has started to leak out among their friends. They’ll be announcing it formally next week.’

Perhaps James was inspired by the sapphire engagement ring worn by his sister, Kate, that Prince William inherited from Princess Diana.

Last month, I disclosed that the couple had moved in together in West London. ‘He seems finally to have found “The One”,’ a pal told me at the time.

Entrepreneur James, 32, who was considered to be one of the most eligible bachelors in Britain, met the 29-year-old City worker last year in a chance encounter — brokered by his pooch. A friend revealed that Alizee had no idea who James was when she struck up a conversation with him at the South Kensington Club after saying hello to his Cocker Spaniel, Ella. The pal told this newspaper at the time: ‘After Alizee went back to her table, James asked the waiter to give her a note saying: “I never normally do this, but would you like to go for a drink with me?” He also picked up their tab. A few weeks later, they went out for a drink together. It wasn’t until after they’d met for a drink that Alizee realised who he was — one of her friends had to tell her. They met thanks to Ella.’

[From The Daily Mail]

“Alizee has been wearing a beautiful sapphire sparkler” – creepy or no? Honestly, I’ve always found it slightly creepy that Kate wears her late mother-in-law’s engagement ring, given the history of Diana and Charles’ marriage/divorce. But then for Kate’s brother to possibly copy or “be inspired by” Kate/Diana’s ring for his own engagement? There are other gemstones!! For the love of God. As for Alizee, the Daily Mail talks a bit about how educated she is and how she speaks a million languages and how she has a great job and… it sounds like Alizee is going to be supporting them financially. Which is fine, but I just hope Alizee knows what she’s signing up for. I hope they don’t get married until they both do a full financial disclosure to each other and talk honestly about what they want out of this marriage.

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  1. Erinn says:

    Personally, I think they’re really cute together. I know it’s fun to rag on James, and I completely see why. But I sort of have a soft spot for him as a fellow ADD/Anxiety haver. Colored stones are in though, and it annoys me that they have to tie it into his sister.

    • LORENA says:

      Yeah especially because it looks NOTHING like Kate’s

      • Adrianna says:

        The ring is styled totally differently but of course they’re saying it’s “a nod” to Kate’s ring. Ridiculous. Doesn’t James have income from somewhere? I couldn’t marry someone who didn’t contribute financially to the marriage.

      • Erinn says:


        And Adrianna, I believe he works for his brother in laws family estate? At least I think so.

      • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

        Maybe she LIKES sapphires? EVERY woman in the world who has/gets a sapphire isn’t copying Diana’s/Kate’s ring. This one looks like it’s an Art Deco style. I’d like it as a “cocktail ring”; not my taste as an engagement ring….but I’m not wearing it. If she loves it (and she looks like she does), that’s all that matters.

        Mazel tov to the happy couple 🥂

  2. AprilMay says:

    He confirmed the news yesterday on his insta. She got a sapphire ring and personally i hate it. It looks horrible. Would love to know how he paid for it.
    Itll be interesting to see hoe this wedding plays out he got barely any attention for this. Even though it was a quiet sunday, it got barely any traction.

  3. Millennial says:

    I mean maybe she’s always wanted a sapphire. Why sacrifice what you want because a few people might snicker or raise eyebrows?

    • Sa says:

      I was thinking the same thing. I’ve always been much more attracted to sapphire rings than diamond rings, so I have no problem believing that others also prefer sapphires or other stones. It doesn’t have to have anything to do with his sister.

      • Redgrl says:

        Yeah – I agree. Coloured stones are lovely -but I’m biased – Mr Redgrl and I love winter and winter sports and he gave me a pale aquamarine ring for a significant anniversary. It changes colours depending on the light and looks like clear ice reflecting the sky. All this to say you never know what people’s histories are or what is significant and why…

  4. Melissa says:

    Meh. Suggesting she shouldn’t have a sapphire because Kate has one is like suggesting my sister shouldn’t have a diamond engagement ring because I had one first. Unless the design is super-similar, whatever. And honestly, anything that bypasses conflict diamonds is ok in my book.

    As for the rest of it, he gives off major creepy vibes and I could happily live the rest of my days without ever seeing or hearing of him again.

  5. Christine says:

    I was certain that the first bikini pic was Pippa!

  6. M says:

    Does anyone else think she looks a bit like Pippa or is it just me? Either way, this dude is a Grade A loser. This lady could do much better.

  7. Kittycat says:


  8. Seraphina says:

    The resemblance he has to Czar Nicholas is eerie and King George V.

  9. DS9 says:

    Which is the Bennet girl who can’t play the pianoforte and misses social cues? Because I’m pretty sure that one is James.

    I despair for poor Mrs Middleton’s nerves.

    She may take comfort in the fact that running off to Gretna with a fortune hunter is no longer a thing.

  10. undergalaxy says:

    Girlfriend has TERRIBLE taste in hats.

  11. Becks1 says:

    I used to be part of the “mocking James Middleton” brigade but um…..I follow him on Instagram and he takes really cute pictures of his dogs. Like I want to meet him and hang out with just so I can be with his dogs, LOL. So I can understand Alizee being interested in him for that reason, ha.

    And I do have sympathy for him with his mental health struggles.

    Now all that said….he gives off a “vibe” to me and I cant place my finger on it.

  12. MeghanNotMarkle says:

    I had sapphires in my first wedding set so I don’t see the big deal. Maybe that’s what she wanted. I would’ve rather had aquamarines the second time around but my husband is a bit of a traditionalist, so we compromised on a lab-created diamond. No conflict stones here.

    I hope they’re happy and have a low-key wedding. James has never seemed to be the focus for Ma Midds so maybe this wedding won’t have all the hoopla around it that Pippa’s did.

    • Erinn says:

      We also don’t tend to hear a ton about Alizee. From what I’ve seen she seems pretty chill for the most part – not someone who’s super into the hoopla. I think he’s probably found a good match with her – she seems to enjoy the things he loves doing, and seems low drama. Although hard to say what Mama Mid will attempt.

      • MeghanNotMarkle says:

        True that. You never know with this family. I just hope that, whatever they get, it’s what they really want.

  13. Basi says:

    Interesting blind item that alluded to her being his FATHERS former mistress. Mind blown if true. Does anyone have any commentary????

  14. Harla says:

    Congratulations to them and I hope that they will have many, many years of happiness and joy!!

  15. Dani says:

    I honestly really like him, especially since he’s become really transparent. Her ring is nice, it’s probably what she wanted and that’s all that matters. He gives me Jude Law vibes and I’m not mad about it at all.

  16. olala says:

    I am thinking of how much public person is judged amd mocked. I actually met him twice amd bumped into both of them yesterday in cafe. And he seems really nice and friendly and polite. And btw i was surprised how handsome he is in flesh. one of his dogs was with them yesterday. She appeared to be very low key.

  17. kerwood says:

    I wonder if anyone would give this guy a second thought if he didn’t post numerous pictures of cute little doggies. People have been dragged to infinity for things like those nazi marshmallows, yet he seems to have a lifetime pass. The dogs aren’t THAT cute.

  18. Nicegirl says:

    I love those London Blue colored topaz. I think that’s what they’re called. They’re like a real color, so pretty.

  19. sandra says:

    Wow, all these lightning engagements! The ring is beautiful, but personally I wouldn’t see it as an engagement ring. Sapphires are a little too somber considering the occasion. Again, just a personal preference. They seem like a good match, both seem a little eccentric and fashion conscious and he’s probably glad she never ran to the press.

  20. ChillyWilly says:

    Alizee reminds me of Pippa! Same Same plain face and body type. Ew…