Pippa Middleton: Princess Diana’s Wedding Dress Designer Says, ‘She’s Not A Royal,’ And Suggests More Personal Style

Diana's gown designer weighs in

Pippa Middleton and her beau, James Matthews, have recently made their engagement announcement, and everyone seems to be jumping at the chance to weigh in on the ring and speculate as to where the two hold the anticipated event.

Although Middleton is not a royal herself, ever since the beauty held the train of her sister Kate during the royal wedding back in 2011, Pippa has found herself continually in the spotlight. Yet, this has led to experts reminding the public that although she runs with the royals, she should not be held to the same level of expectation the actual royals are.

One such adviser is the man responsible for designing Princess Diana’s gorgeous wedding gown for her Royal Wedding back in the 80’s. David Emanuel is the man behind the memorable and elegant gown worn by Diana and has shared about what style of gown the younger sister to the Duchess of Cambridge should wear on her big day. Interestingly enough, Emanuel advises that Pippa veer away from anything that “resembles her sister Kate Middleton’s lace Alexander McQueen dress.”

But what is the reason for this? Is it so that she stands out as an individual? No. It’s simply because she is not royal, and therefore should not attempt to achieve the regal look, according to the notable designer. Instead, he suggests that she stay true to a more fitting and personal style.

“She’s not a royal; she’s not going to be a royal. And that’s all I’m saying. I personally, would put her in something very soft, perhaps chiffon, with a train of course because it’s dramatic. Possibly a little lace bodice, soft and fluid, I mean she’s got a great shape. And I would say the complete opposite of Kate just so she makes her own statement really. Soft and pretty.”

As for the event itself, many have also shared their predictions as to what role Kate Middleton might play at the ceremony if she plays one at all. According to royal author Judy Wade, it’s unlikely that Duchess Kate will return the favor of taking on the role as maid of honor to her younger sister at the nuptials. The royal expert shares details as to why this likely will be the case.

“It’s a tricky situation for Pippa. She would want her sister by her side, as who else would she trust to make things go well? But if your sister is a future Queen, she is going to upstage the bride and draw attention. Kate would want to be in the background as much as possible.”

Pippa Middleton and James Matthews became engaged when on a trip to the Lake District. Middleton’s ring has made headlines on its own due to the price tag attached that sits at an estimated $350,000. The beautiful piece has an art-deco style with a gorgeous center stone and a halo of diamond around it for that extra luxurious touch.

Yahoo shares the words that the couple wrote when they made their announcement about their engagement only two weeks ago.

“Miss Pippa Middleton and Mr. James Matthews are delighted to announce they became engaged on Sunday, July 17, and plan to marry next year.”

Although there has been a whole lot of reported drama since Pippa and James became engaged, mainly said to be between Kate and Pippa over the role of M.O.H. and the claims that Kate is not a fan of Matthews and his family, all of these rumors have been stamped out as false, as Gossip Cop shares. Although Kate may not be a bridesmaid in the wedding, she and her sister get on very well, and the Duchess is ecstatic for Pippa, as is the rest of the Middleton clan.

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