Pippa Middleton’s New “Title:” What Does It Actually Mean?

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Last week, after the dust settled and Pippa Middleton’s engagement to financier James Matthews became old news, the Daily Express revealed that Middleton will one day become “Lady Glen Affric.”

The press had a field day with the news, billing it as a new way for Middleton to try and one-up her older sister, the Duchess of cambridge.  “Two Titles For The Middleton Girls!” was all any media outlet could talk about.

I had absolutely no idea what to make of Middleton’s future title, so I asked royal expert and author Marlene Koenig to clear up the confusion surrounding the future Lady Glen Affric.

What exactly is a lairdship?

Before the Act of Union, when Scotland was an independent kingdom, lairds (15th & 16th century) were property owners holding land separate from the Scottish crown. This allowed them to attend the Scottish Parliament.

By the 17th century, the laird was the chief of a Highland clan.  Continue reading

Pippa Middleton To Inherit Title Thanks To Fiance James Matthews

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Do you hear that whirring sound?  That would be Carole Middleton spinning around her massive Bucklebury home in glee.

Why?  Because her younger daughter will one day inherit a title, just like her older sister.

Not as grand, no, but still…

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Pippa Middleton’s fiance, James Matthews is a self-made man and is doing very well for himself, but his family also happens to enjoy great success the luxury hotel business.

James’ father, David, is Laird of Glen Affric, a 10,000-acre estate in Scotland that serves as a hotel, according to the Daily ExpressContinue reading

Pippa Middleton Confirms Engagement To James Matthews, Looks Giddy As Heck

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Good on ya, Pipps!

Last night, the Daily Mail‘s Richard Kay had it on good authority that Pippa Middleton was engaged to investment firm owner James Matthews.

At around the same time the story was published, Middleton attended a party in support of the British Heart Foundation, hiding her left hand from photographers (though no bauble was visible, it’s likely Middleton was hiding a ring tan).  Continue reading

Pippa Middleton And James Matthews: Are They Back Together?

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - JUNE 21:  Pippa Middleton and James Middleton Finish the London To Brighton Bike Ride For British Heart Foundation on June 21, 2015 in Brighton, England.  (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

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Back in October 2012, Pippa Middleton was spotted on a date with James Matthews, who started his own firm, Eden Rock Capital Management in 2001, and is the older brother of Made in Chelsea‘s Spencer Matthews.

The relationship didn’t last long.  Shortly after, Middleton began a three-year relationship with Nico Jackson.  The two broke up last October, according to People.

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Dominic O’Neill/Boodles Boxing Ball Committee via Getty Images

Middleton and her brother, James spent the New Year holiday at Eden Rock hotel in St. Barts, owned by Spencer and James’s family.

This was Pippa and James’s second visit to the island in four months; Carole and Michael joined them in August.  Continue reading