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Pippa Middleton insisted she’s ‘not the party girl with no substance people think I am’

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Pippa, who celebrated her 38th birthday this week, is the younger sister of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, 39. She lives in the sought-after area of Chelsea with her young family and has been known to take a break from London in an even more exclusive setting – St Barts. The Caribbean island – officially called Saint Barthélemy – is a French overseas collectivity.

The royal’s sister is one of a string of high-profile names, alongside Paul McCartney, Beyoncé and Roman Abramovich, known to have holidayed in the tropical hideaway.

The luxury enjoyed by St Barts’ exclusive clientele is set to feature in a new Channel 5 series on Saturday.

Episode 2 of ‘Playgrounds of the Rich and Famous’ delves into the St Barts lifestyle and how it reeled in Hollywood royalty like Greta Garbo and Robert Mitchum.

While St Barts could certainly host an exclusive A-list gathering, Pippa has previously suggested she is not interested in the party lifestyle.

She made the admission to the Daily Mail in 2016, speaking soon after the release of ‘Heartfelt’, her healthy recipe book.

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She told the paper she hoped the book would shift the impression of those who think she does not work hard.

She said: “People see me as someone privileged who has used my position to my advantage.

“That I don’t really work, that I am a socialite – that word really irritates me – and that I’m a party girl without any substance.”

Like her big sister Kate, Pippa hails from a slightly more humble background than that of the Royal Family or those they usually socialise with.

Pippa won a sports scholarship to secondary school, Marlborough College before graduating with an English Literature degree at Edinburgh University.

She, Kate and her brother James grew up outside Reading in the village of Chapel Row.

Their parents, Carole and Michael ran a party planning business.

Pippa also opened up about what it was like to be thrown into the spotlight when her sister Kate married Prince William.

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Unlike her sibling, Pippa did not have security guards and described moments where people followed her and photographers would jump out to take pictures of her as “unnerving”.

She said: “There’s always something cropping up and that has to be managed on my own. It’s been a real eye-opener for James.

“There have been quite a few hurdles to negotiate.”

Pippa said that the family’s entry into the limelight had also affected her parents.

She added: “I try not to be too sensitive about things because it’s just a bit of life I have to deal with. But I would be lying if I said it didn’t affect me.”

In March, she and her husband, James Matthews, welcomed their second child Grace Elizabeth Jane.

The couple, who tied the knot in 2017, already have a two-year-old son, Arthur.

In late March Pippa was spotted taking Arthur for a stroll through west London, with Grace accompanying them in a pram.

Episode 2 of ‘Playgrounds of the Rich and Famous’ shows on Channel 5 on Saturday from 8pm – 9pm.

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