Sunday, June 12, 2011

Has Pippa Middleton broken up with former England cricketer Alex Loudon?

By Daily Mail Reporter

Special relationship: Pippa spotted out again with ex-boyfriend George Percy at the French Open

Pippa Middleton has split from her boyfriend, it was claimed today.

The younger sister of the new Duchess of Cambridge has not been seen in public with former England cricketer Alex Loudon for weeks.

'It is common knowledge in their close circle of friends that Pippa and Alex have recently split up,' one told the Sunday Times.

Having a laugh: Pippa and George look relaxed in each other's company. The pair have known one another for 10 years

The 27-year-old has become one of the most eligible women in Britain since she made her appearance at the wedding of Prince William to Kate and has been pictured with a string of male friends since.

Her profile sky-rocketed after she was seen walking behind Kate in her matching white bridesmaid dress made by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.

Pippa's derrière became so popular it was even given its own Facebook page and social networking site Twitter went crazy with people calling the party planner, Her Royal Hotness.

Holiday time: Pippa, right, arriving for her holiday in Madrid and a few days later on a night out with George

She has since been pictured on holiday with her ex-boyfriend and close friend, George Percy in Madrid.

They dated while at Edinburgh University, where they were also flatmates, and have been friends for nearly 10 years.

The pair were spotted with friends but more importantly, Pippa's boyfriend was nowhere to be seen.

Pippa and Alex have not been seen together since he was invited as a guest to Kate's wedding.

Mr Percy is the son of the Duke of Northumberland, one of the richest men in Britain.

The couple were later seen at the French Open in Paris, laughing and chatting in the stands and more recently were out having dinner in London.

After dining out at Chelsea's Le Cercle restauran, the couple were seen spending some time together at Mr Percy's London flat.

Their recent outings together have sparked speculation that the couple have become an item again.

Pippa has also recently accepted a job working for Mr Percy, who runs a geothermal energy firm - a revelation which could have turned Mr Loudon green with envy.

Shortly after the Royal wedding there was speculation that she and her city broker boyfriend, 30, had become engaged but Pippa has not been seen with him since and according to friends of Loudon, the relationship has ended.

Yesterday Pippa was seen at the wedding of close friend Sam Waley-Cohen, who married Bella Balin.

She attended the wedding with the Duchess of Cambridge at a church in Lambourn, Berskhire.

Jump-jockey Waley-Cohen has been credited with reuniting Prince William and Kate Middleton after their brief split in March 2007.

Mr Loudon, who was educated at Eton and retired from international cricket in 2007, has reportedly told friends that if he ever broke up with Pippa, they would be the first to know.

Mail Online has repeatedly tried to contact the Middleton family who have been unable to respond.

Family affair: Pippa with her sister the Duchess of Cambridge at the wedding of Sam Waley-Cohen in Lambourn, Berkshire


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