Pippa Middleton and James Matthews tied the knot on May 20, and this week, the newly-wed couple reportedly headed to Tetiaroa for their tropical honeymoon.
In Tetiaroa, a chain of islands located in French Polynesia, Pippa Middleton and James Matthews are staying at The Brando, a resort that was once owned by Marlon Brando, according to Entertainment Tonight (ET). The couple is reportedly paying $3,000 per night for their stay at the resort villa.
The pair was spotted strolling down the beach, paddleboarding, swimming in the ocean, and enjoying the beautiful beaches holding hands, ET reported. They were also seen hugging each other during their mid-day swim in the ocean.
After a ten-month engagement, Kate Middleton’s little sister got married to hedge fund manager James Matthews at St Mark’s Church in Englefield in Berkshire this month. The royal-but-not-royal wedding was attended by a slew of high-profile celebrities, including members of the British royal family.
At the wedding ceremony, Prince George was the pageboy, while his sister Princess Charlotte was one of the bridesmaids. The Duchess of Cambridge reportedly played the part of Maids of Honor, although she was officially not given any role. The much-anticipated appearance of Meghan Markle, however, did not happen. She only attended the wedding reception in the evening, although Prince Harry was very much present during the Church wedding.
The Mirror is reporting that Pippa Middleton put in place high-security measures to ensure that the Suits actress did not overshadow her on the big day. Meghan Markle’s name was reportedly not included in the guest list to stop the media from getting a whiff about it.
Moreover, Pippa Middleton’s party planners Fait Accompli reportedly arranged for the American actress to skip the guest screening process. The report quotes a source as saying to The Express that everything was carefully managed and there was no way Meghan Markle would have upstaged the bride on her big day.
“The whole thing was very carefully handled. There was no way Meghan was going to upstage Pippa on her big day – they knew photographers would be looking for a shot of them rather than focusing on the newlyweds.”
The “no ring, no bring” policy also played a role, and despite media claims that Pippa Middleton had put aside the rule for Prince Harry’s girlfriend, Meghan Markle was not present at the Church or during lunchtime reception. The source said that it was a clever way to ensure that the American actress would not be able to attend two of the important wedding ceremonies.
“That’s where the whole ‘no ring, no bring’ thing came in. It was a clever way of dealing with the fact Meghan wasn’t going to be at the church or lunchtime reception. Who would argue with that?”
Before the wedding, there was much discussion about Meghan Markle stealing Pippa Middleton’s limelight on her wedding day because of her status as Prince Harry’s girlfriend. In the end, it turned out there was a big fuss over nothing. Pippa Middleton not only kept the focus on herself but also smartly managed to keep Meghan Markle completely out of her wedding pictures that were published by the media.
In other Pippa Middleton’s related news, post-marriage, she has earned the title of Mrs. Matthews of Glen Affric and is set to inherit the title of Lady of Glen Affric. People reported that James Matthews’ father, David Matthews, received the title of Laird of Glen Affric after he purchased a 10,000-acre Scottish estate in 2008. James Matthews is the heir to his father’s title, and as his wife, Pippa Middleton will inherit her mother-in-law’s title, Lady of Glen Affric.
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