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- May 23, 2011
- Vol. 75
- No. 20
Pippa Middleton: A Star Is Born
Yes, Big Sister Kate Is the Princess. but with Her Breakout Turn at the Royal Wedding, Philippa Charlotte Middleton Stakes Her Own Claim to the Spotlight
Call it a tale of two sisters: Catherine Elizabeth, 29, unfailingly discreet, polite, reserved-the kind of girl who wears a knitted shawl and ballet flats to go grocery shopping a few days after her wedding. And Philippa Charlotte, 27, variously described by friends as "radiant," "chatty," "extroverted," with "a strong sense of fun"-the kind of girl who just might rock a party-trick dress made out of toilet paper, as she did in a candid photo that recently resurfaced. Best friends and each other's most trusted confidantes, the sisters are, in other ways, "very similar," says one friend. Like Kate, "Pippa is sweet, polite and kind. She knows who she is and where she is from." She also knows exactly how to make an entrance. Flaunting her taut form in a body-skimming, ivory Alexander McQueen gown at her sister's wedding to Prince William on April 29, maid-of-honor Pippa burst into the spotlight with such intense star power that she nearly upstaged the bride. "She's the one everyone's talking about," says London wedding planner Mark Niemierko. Notes Katie Nicholl, author of The Making of a Royal Romance: "It's a bit like [Princes] Harry and William. Harry can afford to be a little more carefree. Pippa can as well."
Raised-along with Kate and their brother James, 23-in the privilege afforded by their parents' successful party-favor business, Pippa followed her big sister to elite Marlborough College, where "the boys always thought Pippa was better looking," says a childhood friend. Later, at Edinburgh University, "Pippa would always have male admirers," says a fellow student. An athletic beauty whose tennis game is as killer as her dinner-party chat, Pippa easily slid into the blue-blooded crowd that preferred to party privately at their families' country homes. "I never saw her in the pub once," says the fellow student. "And I never heard any stories about her misbehaving."
But that didn't stop her from attracting attention. Even while a handsome future king occasionally crashed at her family's Bucklebury home, Pippa charmed her own impressive roster of men (see box), landing the No. 1 spot as Britain's most eligible catch in society magazine Tatler in 2008. The British tabloids also took notice, dubbing Pippa and Kate "the Wisteria Sisters" in a wink to the plant's fragrance and rapid climbing skill. Ignoring the catty criticism, they leaned on each other. Says a pal: "They are very, very close."
With Pippa working a few days a week for the family business as well as party planner Table Talk and living in her parents' $1.9 million London flat, "we all have our independence," she told Britain's Sunday Times last October. Still, she noted, "Mum likes it when we all come home." While Kate hopes to settle into domestic life with her new husband, a growing legion of Pippa watchers awaits the rising star's next move. "She's a girl who's not frightened to be seen," says royals author Alisande Healy Orme. Judging from the paparazzi shouting, "Pippa!" as the Middletons left their hotel on April 30, the world will see much more of the comely commoner whose fairy tale has just begun.
- Liz Corcoran/London,
- Monique Jessen/London,
- Simon Perry/London.
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