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Wednesday 22 April 2015

Ravenous media can’t get fill of ‘Her Royal Hotness’ Pippa Middleton

Pippa Middleton who acted as a witness to the royal wedding.
Pippa Middleton who acted as a witness to the royal wedding.
The replica bridesmaid dress worn by Pippa Middleton on display at the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney, Australia
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: (L-R) Michael Middleton, Carole Middleton, Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Eliza Lopes, Lady Louise Windsor, Grace van Cutsem, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Margarita Armstrong-Jones, page boys Tom Pettifer and William Lowther-Pinkerton with Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, Pippa Middleton, Prince Harry and James Middleton greet well-wishers from the balcony at Buckingham Palace on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh and Pippa Middleton, appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London, following the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey
Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton and bridesmaid Margarita Armstrong-Jones arrive for the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton on April 29, 2011 in London
Pippa Middleton joins the procession to Buckingham Palace after the wedding ceremony between Prince William and his new bride Kate
Pippa Middleton joins the procession to Buckingham Palace after the wedding ceremony between Prince William and his new bride Kate
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton with bridemaid Lady Louise Windsor make the journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following the marriage of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Pippa Middleton joins the procession to Buckingham Palace after the wedding ceremony between Prince William and his new bride Kate
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Pippa Middleton, sister of the bride arrives with the flower girls and page boys at Westmister Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. The Archbishop of Canterbury conducted the service which was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding and street parties are being held throughout the UK. (Photo by Paul Rogers - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Pippa Middleton makes the journey by carriage after the wedding of Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge to Buckingham Palace following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Jasper Juinen-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Pippa Middleton joins the procession to Buckingham Palace after the wedding ceremony between Prince William and his new bride Kate.PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA Story: WEDDING Lead. Photo credit should read:John Giles/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Sister of the Bride and Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton and bridesmaid Margarita Armstrong-Jones ride in a carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following the marriage of Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton with pageboys and bridemaids is greeted by The Very Reverend Dr John Hall (L), Dean of Westminster as they arrive to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Sister of the Bride and Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton and bridesmaid Margarita Armstrong-Jones make the journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following the Royal Wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England.
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton arrives to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William of Wales to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Catherine Middleton with her father Michael Middleton and Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton is greeted by The Very Reverend Dr John Hall (C), Dean of Westminster as they arrive to attend her Royal Wedding to Prince William at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Sister of the bride and Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton holds hands with Grace Van Cutsem and Eliza Lopes as they arrive to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Catherine Middleton with the father Michael Middleton and Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton arrive to attend her Royal Wedding to Prince William at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Pippa Middleton arrives at Westminster Abbey with the bridesmaids and page boys ahead of the wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton
Page boys and bridesmaids arrive at Westminster Abbey, London, escorted by Pippa Middleton before her sister, Kate's, marriage to Prince William
Pippa Middleton (left) leaves Westminster Abbey, London, after her sister, Kate, marriage to Prince William
Prince William and his new bride Kate walk leave Westminster Abbey, London, following their marriage, followed by Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton
Prince William and his new bride Kate walk leave Westminster Abbey, London, following their marriage, followed by Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Sister of the bride and Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton holds hands with Grace Van Cutsem and Eliza Lopes as they arrive to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Pippa Middleton
Page boys and bridesmaids arrive at Westminster Abbey, London, escorted by Pippa Middleton before her sister, Kate's, marriage to Prince William. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA story WEDDING. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Pippa Middleton

If the Middleton family expected the polite deference of the Royal wedding day to continue indefinitely, then they were in for a shock.

In the week since Carole and Mike's eldest daughter walked up the aisle at Westminster Abbey, watched by billions, the internet has already yielded a brace of titillating minor scoops about their other children.

First, semi-nude images of their son James surfaced on US websites (to make matters worse, James allegedly called the websites in question, pretending to be a lawyer, and demanding the photos be removed).

Then, the motherlode: a leaked photograph of a presumed-tipsy Pippa Middleton, dancing provocatively in her lavender push-up bra.

The hordes of young men who spent the last few days Googling the maid of honour's bottom have finally been rewarded for their efforts.

This may seem like a pincer attack on the Royal family's new in-laws, but it's really just symptomatic of Brand Middleton's fingertip-singeing hotness. Prince Harry aside, Pippa and James are suddenly the most eligible pair in the land.

The Middletons have been a picture of discretion when it comes to Catherine, their most famous member. But after being so prominent on her big day, they will have to be more careful about what appears on their own friends' Facebook pages — because everyone is gagging for more.

Their mother is accustomed to the scrutiny. When her daughter first dated Prince William, Carole Middleton was painted as pushy, determined to marry her middle-class daughter to royalty.

There were the cheap jokes about her former career as an air stewardess, and the tabloid sting on Gary Goldsmith, her black sheep of a brother. Even as late as the engagement announcement, documentaries were commissioned about her (very) extended family. Yet by the day of the wedding, the tone had changed.

Carole's forebears were hailed as a long line of grafters who pulled themselves up by their bootstraps.

Her outfit was faultless, Michael's pride adorable, James's reading of Romans 12 impeccable.

Chelsy Davy was forgotten in a flurry of speculation about Harry and the presumptive ‘Princess Pippa’.

As outwardly relaxed as if Catherine and William's wedding were some small country church affair, the Middletons segued seamlessly from pushy parvenus to naturalised pillars of the Establishment.

But as the Windsors will have warned, the pleasures of pricey dresses and Christmas at Balmoral bring with them the nuisance of petty scandal.

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For Philippa Middleton, or “her Royal Hotness” as she has been crowned, global fame beckons after stealing the show from her elder sister. Since prompting a collective “phwoar” from the Twitterverse with her figure-hugging bridesmaid's dress, Pippa (27) has seen every carefree party picture and Facebook post raked over for more clues about “the most eligible woman in the world”.

JoJo Browner, her boss at Table Talk, the events catering and party managing company where Pippa works as a PR, admits she is “struggling to cope” with the media attention. Pippa, who also helps run her parents' party managing business, is now in need of her own PR.

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