Written by Melanie Burton, July 19, 2016

Pippa Middleton may not be a royal like her big sister Kate, but her wedding could be just as lavish – because she’s now engaged to her hedge fund manager James Matthews!

Yep, her wealthy businessman boyfriend surprised her by proposing last weekend after first asking her dad Michael for permission. Naww!

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

Another insider added that both Michael and Pippa’s mother Carole are thrilled, saying: “Mike and Carole are very happy. They like James and they are sure he will make Pippa very happy.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Pippa Middleton and James Matthews attend day nine of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on July 06, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Pippa and James looked totally loved-up when they attended Wimbledon together a few weeks ago

Pippa and James dated back in 2012 before getting back together last year when she split from financier boyfriend Nico Jackson after three years together.

James is said to be a ‘self-made’ man, although he does come from a rich family, AND his brother is reality TV star Spencer Matthews!

A friend of James’ says: “He worked very hard from an early age. He’s a smart chap but also the sort of bloke you would be proud to call a friend.

“He made a huge amount of cash from hedge funds and some more from the, London property market. We’re talking millions here and you don’t do that by the age of 40 unless you are a sharp cookie. And James is very bright.”

And the compliments just keep on coming. Another pal says: “Many people will say what a lucky guy James is forlanding Pippa. I would say she’s the lucky one. He’s one hell of a
catch.”

This is a wedding we can’t wait to see!

 

Pippa Middleton is engaged!

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