"She’s the sister of one of the world’s best known royals and became an instant celebrity after her bridesmaid gown got her more attention than she expected — and nearly upstaged her sister’s wedding.
Since then, Pippa Middleton has captured the world’s curiosity, landing gigs as a party planner and, more recently, as a writer. She’s a contributing editor for Vanity Fair and a food columnist for the British Waitrose Kitchen magazine.
The normally tight-lipped 30-year-old younger sister of Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, sat down recently with TODAY’s Matt Lauer for her first television interview. Here are 9 things we learned about Pippa." http://www.today.com/news/pippa-middleton-speaks-heres-9-things-we-learned-1D79862019
Hat Tip to my brother-in-law for calling to my attention the article... Caroline and I had a very brief interview with Ms. Middleton when she came through town on the Race Across America and came away with a very-very positive first impression - "Pippa's team latest attraction for Carroll County cycling fans." http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/carroll/westminster/ph-ce-eagle-archives-0702-20140624,0,5021714.story
Philippa Charlotte "Pippa" Middleton, the sister of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge and the sister-in-law of an heir to the British throne, Prince William; joined a long and storied tradition of bicycling history in Carroll County when she dashed through Westminster Friday night a week ago.
Unlike the newspaper reports of throngs of spectators for a Carroll County bicycling event over a hundred years ago on June 30, 1898, the “great Bicycle Race Meet under the supervision of the Cycling Ramblers of Westminster,” my wife and I were the only persons on Main Street at the railroad tracks to greet Middleton and her team at 10:48 p.m.
Middleton was riding in the team car behind a teammate who was taking their turn on the bike. We called to her attention the British phone booth behind us at Johansson’s as we exchanged pleasantries as she and her teammates stopped at the traffic light.
Before it landed on the cutting room floor, I also wrote, "
Middleton, who is better known as a writer, first caught the public’s eye at her sister’s royal wedding on April 29, 2011; when she wore an ivory-colored figure-hugging dress in her role as the maid of honour.
Since then she has maintained the public’s attention with sense of style, ‘fascinator’ hats and writing columns for several publications including The Spectator, Vanity Fair, and The Sunday Telegraph. http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/carroll/westminster/ph-ce-eagle-archives-0702-20140624,0,5021714.story
I am seriously not a fan of "Today." That said, I really appreciated the interview - and thanks for calling to our attention the article, "9 things...” I was struck with two things: First because I am a writer, I noticed her say, “I want to carry on writing. I've always loved writing. So that's the plan. And a few other things in the pipeline,” she said, declining to elaborate. “There’s so much I'd love to achieve. And I still want to keep up the sport and health side of things because that's really important to me. So trying to blend that in with my love of writing and food and entertaining.
The second item that really caught my eye, is the same thing that has really bothered Caroline and me about being a public person in the age of social media. It may seem naive of me, but I am constantly aghast at how mean people can be. People who do not even know us - especially when people are being mean about things that are simply not true.
I mean, I realize that I am writing this on social media and I should probably just shut up. But I remain bewildered about the level of meanness that came from working with the public and especially the press...
I appreciated it when Ms. Middleton said, “I have felt publicly bullied a little bit just by, you know, when I read things that clearly aren't true or that, whichever way someone looks at it, it's a negative side,” she said. “It is quite difficult. Because eventually I'm just paving my way and trying to live a life like any 30-year-old.”
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