James Matthews: Everything We Know About Pippa Middleton's New Fiancé

James Matthews

Getty Images

It feels like it was just yesterday that news of Pippa Middleton's engagement broke —and now she's getting married this weekend! The bride-to-be is set to walk down the aisle May 20 and, of course, there have been minimal details shared about the special day, but we might know something about the dress. According to a report, designer Giles Deacon was spotted entering Pippa's London home with a large garment bag in hand. Might be safe to say she won't be following in her big sister's footsteps; Kate donned an insanely epic Alexander McQueen wedding dress (yes, we're still in love with it). Whoa, sorry. We're getting a little ahead of ourselves, aren't we? First things first: Who the heck is Middleton marrying? We previously reported that the lucky groom is Middleton's sweetheart, James Matthews. But what else do we know about the guy besides the fact that he has some truly excellent taste in jewelry? (Have you seen the bride-to-be's vintage-style engagement ring??!) Well, after a bit of sleuthing, we have a pretty good picture of the guy who is about to become related (by marriage) to royalty. Here's what you need to know:

1. Pippa Middleton and her new fiancé have a bit of a history

This new It couple started off as friends, before briefly dating back in 2012, according to ABC. Middleton then began a relationship with financier Nico Jackson. Three years later, they broke it off and Middleton became one of the most eligible bachelorettes in England. And soon enough, in August 2015, Middleton and Matthews were back together. Last New Year's, they were seen sunning at Matthews' family's resort in St. Bart's, and six months later Matthews put a ring on it!

2. James Matthews is the middle child in a pretty posh family.

In fact, Matthews' younger brother, Spencer, is a reality TV celeb, starring in the popular British show Made in Chelsea, which chronicles the lives of London socialites. Tragically, Matthews' older brother, Michael, died in 1999 descending from Mount Everest, after becoming the youngest Brit to ever reach the summit.

3. He's hella smart...

Ten years ago, the accomplished entrepreneur launched a hedge fund, Eden Rock Capital Management Group, and is currently serving as their CEO. So, that's how he could afford that mega-watt rock on Middleton's finger!

4. And a total jock!

This soon-to-be bride and groom both share a serious love of sports. (Really, though, how cute is that?!) They are both accomplished tennis players and were recently spotted in the Wimbledon stands. And last year, Middleton and Matthews competed in both a Swedish 50-mile swim-and-track race and a cross-country ski race in Norway. Okay, obviously there are no wedding diets needed for these two...

5. He attended the same boarding school as his future royal brother-in-law.

According to People, Matthews, Prince William, and Prince Harry all attended Eton College, a private boarding school for boys in Windsor, England. Too cool, right?

6. His family owns a Hollywood-loved resort.

Matthews' parents, Dave and Jane bought the super posh Eden Rock retreat in St. Bart's in 1995 (he named his hedge fund after the hotel!). The hotel happens to be a hit among Hollywood's hottest celebs, who often vacation there because of its seclusion. Lodgers have included the Middletons, Beyoncé, and Leonardo DiCaprio. Even more so, Eden Rock is currently among one of the top 100 hotels in the world. Not bad.

7. He's heir to a stunning estate in Glen Affric, Scotland.

Matthews' father, Dave purchased the sprawling Glen Affric estate in 2008. The estate, located on a peninsula, boasts over 10,000 acres, eight bedrooms, a whiskey room, and reading rooms that are painted with Highland scenes by by Sir Edwin Landseer. As Dave's eldest son, the financier will inherit the title of Laird of Glen Affric upon his father's death.

Related Stories