By Maria Puente, USA TODAY
It's been a summer of royal-related wedding rumors in the U.K.,including Prince Harry and his cousin Princess Beatrice. Now PippaMiddleton's possible wedding plans are making news.
Sunday People, the weekend celebrity tabloid of the Daily Mirror,reports Sunday that Pippa, celebrated younger sister of Duchess Kate,is secretly engaged to her boyfriend of some months, Nico Jackson, with awedding planned for spring.
But it won't be announced, the paperreports, until after Friday, Pippa's 30th birthday, in part to keep fromstealing the attention from Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and hernew baby, Prince George, born July 22.
Will Kate be bridesmaid ormatron-of-honor at the supposed nuptials? It would not be a surprise:After all, Pippa put herself into history books, and in the lenses ofarmies of paparazzi, when she stood out as a shapely bridesmaid at hersister's royal wedding in 2011.
The source for all of this: unnamed "friends," of course. No comment from Pippa or Jackson or their relatives.
Thatis usually the case with stories about royal wedding bells. Only lastweek, Brit media were reporting that Prince Harry, 28, is madly in loveand ready to propose to his girlfriend, dancer/society belle Cressida Bonas, 24. So far, it hasn't happened.
Ditto for the recent reports that Princess Beatrice would announce her engagementto her longtime boyfriend, American-born Virgin Galactic executive DaveClark, 28, at her 25th birthday bash in early August. That hasn'thappened yet, either.
There were even reportsthat Beatrice's parents, the long-divorced Prince Andrew Duke of Yorkand Sarah Ferguson Duchess of York, would announce that they willremarry, given they've been living in the same house for years, anyway,and are still very close. Also not happened. (And if it does, itprobably won't happen until after Prince Philip, 92, passes from thescene, because he is not a fan of Fergie's.)
So judge the Pippa reports with appropriate skepticism.
We do know this: The couple have been datingfor months, having met last year in a London nightclub. Jackson, 35, isa banker/stockbroker from a non-aristocratic, non-wealthy, middle-classfamily in Kent that runs a ski-and-sportswear shop.
Pippa,formerly an employee of her parents' online party-supplies empire, isnow a writer for a British supermarket magazine, a party-planning bookauthor, and a columnist for Vanity Fair who is frequently stalked by the paparazzi.
Thecouple have been spotted together numerous times, embracing, skiing andclubbing, and especially enjoying the tennis at Wimbledon. Sunday Peopleclaims they got engaged in secret shortly before the tournament inJuly, where they watched Andy Murray win his semifinals match andengaged in some serious snogging.
Ifthe reports are correct, Pippa is busy designing herself a ring andplanning a reception at her parents' estate in Bucklebury, with theceremony at a local church.