The most iconic bridesmaid of all time is about to become a bride! According to multiple sources, Pippa Middleton is officially engaged to her longtime boyfriend, James Matthews — which also means that her sister, Kate, will likely be taking on the role of her royal maid of honour.
E! News reports that the engagement happened earlier this month during a romantic getaway to the Lake District of northwest England. A source close to the couple claims that James asked Pippa’s parents for their permission before asking her to marry him, and that she was “totally surprised” when he asked.
Rumours of the engagement began circling on Monday after Pippa attended a charity gala for the British Heart Foundation, very noticeably hiding her left hand from photographers while on the red carpet. While neither has publicly confirmed the engagement yet, the pair have been spotted spending plenty of time together recently, and even attended Wimbledon together a couple weeks ago.
Pippa and James first started dating in 2012, but split soon afterwards. They began dating again in 2015, and have been inseparable since. Here’s hoping Pippa busts out her famous bridesmaid dress for a rehearsal dinner if this wedding comes true — or, even better yet, asks the Duchess of Cambridge to give it a try.
Yesterday, the bride-to-be also showed off her engagement ring, which, according to the Daily Mail, is a “flawless Asscher diamond set in an octagonal halo ring” estimated to be worth more than $250,000.
Congrats to the happy couple!
From: Harper’s BAZAAR US