With her sister and brother-in-law in line to be England’s future King and Queen Consort, Pippa Middleton has been living a royal-adjacent life these past few years. After gaining worldwide fame as Kate Middleton’s maid of honor in her 2011 wedding, Pippa made a name for herself and is so popular that her own wedding to James Matthews last year caused a media frenzy worthy of the royal family. Is it now possible that Pippa could get an official title of her own?
Reports surfaced last year that Pippa could one day be Lady Glen Affric because her father-in-law, David Matthews, owns the 10,000-acre Glen Affric estate in the Scottish Highlands. He bought the property in 2008, and the purchase made him the Laird of Glen Affric.
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And, since in Scotland men inherit lairdships, many believed that after his father’s death, James Matthews would become the Laird of Glen Affric since he is the oldest son, and that would make his wife Pippa a “Lady.”
But, according to Royal Musings founder and royal expert Marlene Koenig, “laird” refers to land ownership and is not a royal title. Instead, it is a “Scottish feudal barony, not a peerage.” In the UK, peerage includes inherited titles that a monarch bestows like Duke, Marquess, Baron, Earl, and Viscount.
And, the official heraldry office in Scotland, the Court of the Lord Lyon. says that “laird” is not synonymous with “lord” or “lady.”
So, even if James does inherit the property from his dad, neither he or Pippa will have their own royal title.
Harper’s Bazaar reports that the Matthews family doesn’t really play a big role in the Glen Affric. And hotel owner David, who is a millionaire, renovated the property to include cabins and a posh lodge which people can rent for a high-dollar getaway.
Pippa may not be getting her own royal title, but she will soon have the role of mom. After announcing her pregnancy earlier this month, Pippa made an appearance at the Guildhall in London to speak in honor of the Winter Paralympics.
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Director of Programs at Centre for Mental Health, Jan Hutchinson, tweeted a photo of Pippa at the function, and the expectant mom was all business in her forest green jumpsuit and white blazer.
Pippa announced she was expecting in a Waitrose Weekend fitness column where she gave tips on exercising during pregnancy. She also revealed that, unlike her big sister, she has not experienced any morning sickness in her first trimester. As fans know, Kate suffered from severe morning sickness, also known as hyperemesis gravidarum, during all three of her pregnancies.
Pippa Middleton wrote that she passed her 12-week scan without morning sickness, so she was able to keep her normal workout routine. However, she has noticed her body changing and her weight increasing.