Pippa Middleton Engaged to Financier James Matthews

By Chika Dunu
Chika Dunu
Chika Dunu
July 19, 2016 Updated: July 19, 2016

The Duchess of Cambridge will no longer be the only Mrs. in the Middleton sisterhood.

Princess Catherine Middleton’s younger sister Pippa, is engaged to hedge fund manager, James Matthews, according to the U.K.’s Daily Mail.

“Miss Pippa Middleton and Mr James Matthews are delighted to announce they became engaged on Sunday, July 17, and plan to marry next year,” the pair said in a statement released to the Press Association.  

Matthews reportedly asked for the 32-year-old’s hand in marriage while vacationing in the Lake District of northwest England. Daily Mail reports that Matthews received permission from Middleton’s father.

“James is a traditionalist and very much wanted to do things properly. That meant getting his future father in law’s consent,” a friend of the couple told the Daily Mail’s Richard Kay.

The Middletons are pleased with the impending nuptials.

“Carole and I are absolutely thrilled with the news. They make a wonderful couple and we wish them every happiness together,” Pippa’s father said in a statement to the Press Association. 

The royal family are also “absolutely delighted” about the impending marriage. 

Pippa gained national attention with her form-fitting white gown for the 2011 royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey in London. The televised event drew millions of viewers.