That Pippa Middleton is such a tease.
Is she or is she not engaged to her banker boyfriend Nico Jackson? There's been no announcement and no ring has been seen adorning her finger, but she sort of hints she might soon be a bride in her weekly column in the Daily Telegraph.
It's a long piece this weekend on the wonders of London's New Covent Garden Flower Market, which, like most big-city flower markets, requires early-bird attendance to get the pick of the choice blooms at the best price. Then she chronicles her attempt at flower-arranging, which she compares to the "clumsy and chaotic" first attempt to decorate a cake.
"Next stop, a flower-arranging course," she concludes. "Maybe I'll be a DIY bride?"
And that's it. But that's enough to intrigue Pippa devotees.
"Was that a wedding hint, Pippa?," tweeted Huffington Post today.
Followers of the Duchess Kate of Cambridge's little sister have been waiting for weeks for news of her engagement, after Sunday People, the weekend celebrity tabloid of the Daily Mirror, declared that she and Jackson were secretly engaged and waiting until after her 30th birthday on Sept. 6, to announce their plans.
So far, nada. Meanwhile, Pippa has expanded her writing career, adding the Telegraph column to her to-do list, along with her Vanity Fair column and her column in a U.K. supermarket magazine.
She continues to be catnip for the London paparazzi; last week she was a guest of honor at a party for British chef Jamie Oliver's restaurant Fifteen, where she was snapped sampling his canapés and chatting with other English foodies.
But fashionistas could be over her: The Daily Beast's royals correspondent, Tom Sykes, asks in a recent column, "Is Pippa Middleton really badly dressed?" The answer from fashion critics, he reports, is, "Er, yes."
Pippa needs a good stylist, says Sandra Ellis, a London-based international fashion sales consultant he consults. "Pippa appears to be a rather traditional girl and trying to make her look cool simply doesn't work. What seems to have happened is that the clothes are wearing her and it should be the other way round."