Place your bets ... Is Harry next for Pippa?
The media buzz around Pippa Middleton’s status as a sought-after single just got louder.
The sister of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, has reportedly broken up with stockbroker and former cricketer Alex Loudon, according to the London Sunday Times.
“It is common knowledge in their close circle of friends that Pippa and Alex have recently split up,” a friend of Pippa’s told the paper.
Speculation on the next suitor began almost immediately. Pippa has been seen recently with ex-boyfriend George Percy, but there is also talk that the time if ripe for Prince Harry to get a little closer Pippa. The pair had a one-on-one lunch last week.
The British betting shop, William Hill, is offering 25-1 odds on them becoming an item.
Company spokesman Rupert Adams said: “Harry is possibly the most eligible bachelor on the planet and Pippa is fast becoming the UK’s most eligible girl," Hill spokesman Rupert Adams told the Daily Star.
“They’re a perfect match.”
The Pippa intrigue heightened in recent days when she was spotted dining with Percy, a Edinburgh University classmate and the son of one of Britain's richest men, the Duke of Northumberland. The pair spent time together until the wee hours of the morning, then were spotted at the AEGON tennis championships in London. Last month, the pair were seen together in Madrid, where Pippa was holidaying.
Middleton and Loudon have been dating about eight months and he was guest at the royal wedding in April. However, they have not been spotted together in weeks while she has continued to be a target of the British media who make reference to her as “Her Royal Hotness.
Royal church service for Prince Philip
While the intrigue over Pippa continues, the Royal Family continues to go about its business. Following on the heels of the Trooping the Colour ceremony on Saturday, the family gathered for a church service on Sunday to mark the 90th birthday of Prince Philip.
William and Kate were there, of course, with Kate wearing a blue Jacquard coat dress, the same one she wore to the wedding of William's friend, Nicholas van Cutsem, in 2009. Recycling, it seems, will be part of her royal duties.
The 45-minute service was held at Windsor Castle's St. George's Chapel, after which about 100 family members had a private lunch.
Princes William and Harry didn't dawdle after the meal. They headed to Coworth Park, near Windsor, to take part in a charity polo match. The event raised money for Sentebale, a charity co-founded by Prince Harry to help orphans in Lesotho.