Pippa Middleton, 29, is off the market, fellas. It appears as though she has become engaged to her stockbroker boyfriend Nico Jackson, 35. Here are the 5 Fast Facts on the couple and their engagement.
1. The Engagement Is a Secret
According to The Times of London, the couple secretly got engaged before Wimbledon. They haven't made a formal announcement yet and they are actually planning to let everyone know at Pippa's 30th birthday on Friday. Pippa didn't want to announce it sooner because she didn't want to take anything away from the birth of the Royal baby.
2. Pippa and Nico Have Only Been Dating A Few Months
Pippa Middleton has been dating Nico Jackson for about 8 months.
— Rachel Longbottom (@Rachieroo10) August 29, 2013
The couple has been dating 6-8 months and they reportedly first met in a London nightclub. The wedding is said to be planned for next Spring. Nonetheless, each side of the family's parents are said to get along fantastically well and are behind their children's engagement 100%.
3. Sister Kate Middleton May Not Be a Bridesmaid
Apparently, it's not decided yet if Kate Middleton will be a bridesmaid at her sister's wedding. According to The Mirror a close source says:
Everyone knows how close the sisters are but at this stage the final arrangements are a long way off. Pippa’s wedding will be a huge occasion but if Kate is bridesmaid it will be even more high-profile.
On the other hand, Pippa was beyond excited for when Kate got married, so it's sure to be the same the other way around.
Pippa loved seeing Kate go down the aisle and now it is her turn for a fairytale wedding ... She couldn’t be more sure that Nico is the right man for her. They are such a good fit for each other and their families get on really well. Everyone is so happy for Pippa.
4. The Bride-To-Be Has Everything Planned All Ready
Every little girl dreams of their wedding and plans it all out in her head. Pippa Middleton, however, is all ready set. The Mirror reports:
Pippa is now designing a ring and planning a reception at the home of her parents Carole and Michael in Bucklebury, Berks. The wedding is likely to take place at a local church. And there is speculation over whether Pippa’s sister Kate, 31, will return the favour and be bridesmaid.
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5. Nico Jackson Has a Much More Simple Lifestyle
Nico is far from royalty as his parents live in a terrace house near a shop that they own, where Nico and his sister Nina were raised. The Landau ski and sport store in Folkestone, Kent is the family store. Throughout his childhood into adulthood, Nico played football (the British kind), cricket, and tennis in addition to skiing. Growing up, Nico went to the state-run Harvey Grammar School in Folkestone and received a business degree at Kingston university in Surrey. After he graduated, he worked at the M&C Saatchi ad agency before moving to Deutsche Bank. He now is coming up pretty well in real estate in addition to being a self-made millionaire who works as a stockbroker at Deutsche Bank in London. Last summer he sold a home in London’s posh South Kensington for £1.56 million. In terms of his love life, he previously dated Alice Farquhar, sister of William’s former girlfriend Rose, for two years until last year.