Pippa was Kates’s ‘co-conspirator’ in major comeback after heartbrek

Queen's Jubilee: Pippa Middleton stuns at Party at the Palace

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Pippa Matthews (nee Middleton) turned 39 birthday on Tuesday, September 6. The younger Middleton sister burst onto the royal scene alongside Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, who began dating Prince William during their years at university. Just one year apart, Kate and Pippa share a close bond and they have often appeared at public events together. 

It is well-documented that the Middleton family is extremely close-knit and the Duchess of Cambridge could always depend on her sister for support away from the spotlight. 

Notably, Pippa is said to have stood by her older sister’s side when Kate and William unexpectedly split up after six years of dating. 

It came after years of anticipation for the couple’s engagement, and rumours began circulating that the two of them were in different places; while Kate was ready to commit, William wanted to make the most of his youth and focus on his military training. 

William reportedly broke up with Kate over the phone, leaving her heartbroken. 

But Pippa was there to pick up the pieces and, according to royal biographer Tina Brown, became the Duchess’ “useful co-conspirator” in a “comeback strategy”. 

The author of the recent best-selling book ‘The Palace Papers’ explained that after the prince had dropped “the break-up bomb”, Kate fled to her family home in Bucklebury, where she, her mum Carole and Pippa devised their plan.

In her book, Ms Brown wrote: “In an awful ‘let’s get it over with’ phone call in April to Kate while she was at the Jigsaw office, he [William] dropped the break-up bomb.

“She had to excuse herself from a meeting and pace around the parking lot for an hour-long heart-to-heart that left her in pieces. 

“Kate did what she always did when she was devastated. She fled to Bucklebury. Jigsaw gave her compassionate leave.

“With her daughter’s morale at its nadir, Carole Middleton took charge.”

Ms Brown continued: “A comeback strategy was devised.

“Her sister, Pippa, was a useful co-conspirator. Fresh from graduating from Edinburgh, she was deployed to hit the town with Kate exuding vibes of ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’.”

She goes on to detail how Kate was snapped by paparazzi in “thigh-high skirts” and joined an all-women dragon boat crew named the Sisterhood, all in an apparent attempt to show William how well she was doing without him. 

Ms Brown added: “By June, it started to dawn on William that his ex was as much of a catch as he was.” 

The couple only parted ways for around 10 weeks, before getting back together in the summer of 2007.

Three years later, William popped the question that both Kate and the British public had been waiting for and the pair became officially engaged.

Pippa was her sister’s maid-of-honour at Kate and William’s 2011 wedding at Westminster Abbey, an event that propelled the younger Middleton further into the spotlight thanks to the flattering cut of her dress and the thousands of cameras filming her as she followed the bride into the church. 

She later discussed the surprising attention she received following her sister’s wedding, saying it was “completely unexpected”.

Appearing on the Today show in 2014, Pippa said: “You know, I think the plan was not really for it to be a significant dress, really just to sort of blend in with the train.

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“The dress was almost meant to be insignificant.”

She described the attention as “flattering” but “embarrassing”, admitting she viewed the event as merely “a family wedding”.

Pippa added: “I didn’t realize, perhaps, the scale of it until afterwards.”

Since their wedding day, Kate and William have welcomed three children — Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, four.

The couple is now deemed the “future of the monarchy” and is seen as the key to a modern Royal Family.

Both William and Kate have acknowledged their split publicly, with William insisting they were “trying to find their own way,” at the time.

He said: “It was just a bit of space. It worked out for the better.”

Kate has admitted that she “wasn’t very happy” about the breakup at the time, but has since come to realise that it was for the best.

Kate said: “At the time I wasn’t very happy about it but actually it made me a stronger person. You find out things about yourself that maybe you hadn’t realised.

“I think you can get quite consumed by a relationship when you’re younger. I really valued that time, for me as well, although I didn’t think it at the time.”

Meanwhile, Pippa married James Matthews, a former professional racing driver, and the pair have welcomed three children — three-year-old Arthur, one-year-old Grace and Rose who was born this summer. 

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