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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Pippa & Kate Middleton

1. They have a younger brother.

You’ve probably noticed him before, he’s the guy with Pippa & Kate in all of the pap photos. He’s a 30-year-old entrepreneur & his name is James. He’s the youngest sibling and tends to stay away from the limelight as much as he possibly can. He’s usually been papped when he’s gone to Wimbledon with his sisters and he also took part in a charity bike race last year with his sister Pippa.

In an interview with Mail Online last year, he said “My sisters were very successful and confident. It was, ‘Oh, you are Pippa’s brother! Are you Catherine’s brother?’ And so I was automatically put into the top sports teams and academic sets. But I was a bit of a squirt when I first started, so then it would be, ‘Are you sure you’re a Middleton?’

2. They were once roommates.

When Catherine broke up with Prince William for a short time in 2007, they lived together in Chelsea.

In Kate’s biography, it said;

“The two girls would have spray tans and blow-dries together, and decide which social events to attend. For some time, Kate had felt like she wanted to edge towards a more stable and mature lifestyle, favouring chilled nights at home and family events. However, she was still only twenty-five, and was now a single girl with the world at her feet – and a taxi waiting outside.”

3. Pippa is the more outgoing one.

Kate was described as a bit of a loner when she was younger. Despite being the Duchess of Cambridge, having to meet world leaders weekly.

“Things got better by the time Kate was 18 as she’d be invited to parties and Pippa would always want to tag along,” the insider explained. “As always, all the attention would go to Pippa and she’d compete with her sister over boys. In fact, Kate tended to get dating advice from her little sister.”

4. Kate wasn’t a bridesmaid at Pippa’s wedding.

It wasn’t because of a grudge she was holding against her, it was because of antiquated etiquette rules.

“British tradition dictates that bridesmaids should always be unmarried and should be younger than the bride; indeed, many aristocratic British brides have children as their bridesmaids.”

5. They competed together growing up.

They both played field hockey on the same boarding school team that they attended as teenagers, Marlborough College. They were both very athletic, Pippa biked across America, she runs marathons and competed in ski races. Kate swims, runs and does a lot of yoga.

6. They still spend a lot of time with each other.

Pippa opened up to Matt Lauer in a 2014 interview on The Today Show. “We do we have a very normal, sisterly relationship,” Pippa told the host. “We’re very close. And, you know, we support each other and get each other’s opinions and things.”

“Obviously she has pressures that she’s taken on and things, but we spend a lot of time together. We still do a lot together as a family. And I think that’s really the heart for all of us is having a really close family that we can sort of be normal with each other, treat each other normally. And that’s sort of kept us all, you know, affixed to the ground.”

7. Pippa and her husband have a bit of history.

They announced their engagement after a year of dating but they have some history already, They dated in 2012 but went separate ways when Pippa moved on with financier Nico Jackson. They rekindled their relationship at the end of 2015 and have been together and got married since.

8. Who is Pippa’s husband?

For anyone who watches Made in Chelsea, James Matthews is the brother of Spencer Matthews. He manages a hedge fund and he named it after his parents’ Caribbean Resort in St Barth’s (Eden Rock).

9. Their mother.

Carole Middleton was the daughter of a builder, she grew up in Southall, West London and went to a state school. She met her husband Michael while working as a flight attendant for British Airways. While Carole was pregnant with James in 1987, she founded their family business, Party Pieces, which is now a multi-million-pound company.

10. Their father.

His father was a pilot and Michael became an air steward before becoming a flight dispatcher for British Airways. He inherited a comfortable sum from his paternal-grand parents but he and Carole have made a huge success of their business too.

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