Pippa Middleton Engaged

To hedge fund manager James Matthews
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 19, 2016 10:29 AM CDT

(Newser) – The Duchess of Cambridge's younger sister, Pippa Middleton, and hedge fund manager James Matthews announced their engagement Tuesday, setting the stage for a celebrated society wedding in the coming year, the AP reports. The couple confirmed rumors in a statement to Britain's Press Association, saying they planned to marry in 2017. The statement came as Middleton appeared in photographs with a diamond engagement ring on her left hand as she left her London home.

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Matthews got down on one knee while they were visiting the picturesque Lake District and proposed to the 32-year-old Middleton on Sunday. British media say they've been dating less than a year. Her elder sister, the former Kate Middleton, and Prince William say they're "absolutely delighted," by the news, per Kensington Palace. "They make a wonderful couple and we wish them every happiness together," says her father, Michael Middleton. (Pippa has been falsely rumored to be engaged at least twice before.)

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