EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: James Middleton to marry his French girlfriend
EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: James Middleton to marry his French girlfriend after popping the question with beautiful sapphire sparkler
James Middleton gave the only reading at the wedding of his sister the Duchess of Cambridge, declaring: ‘Let love be genuine.’
Now, he will be the one exchanging vows. For I can reveal that James is to wed his French girlfriend, Alizee Thevenet.
‘They’ve got engaged,’ one of their friends tells me. ‘Alizee has been wearing a beautiful sapphire sparkler.
James Middleton is to wed his French girlfriend, Alizee Thevenet. The couple were first spotted kissing during his New Year family getaway to the Caribbean island of St Barts in January
‘They’ve been keeping the engagement secret, but news has started to leak out among their friends. They’ll be announcing it formally next week.’
Perhaps James was inspired by the sapphire engagement ring worn by his sister, Kate, that Prince William inherited from Princess Diana.
Last month, I disclosed that the couple had moved in together in West London. ‘He seems finally to have found “The One”,’ a pal told me at the time.
Pictured, together in May. James Middleton posted this photograph with Miss Thevenet on his Instagram page
Entrepreneur James, 32, who was considered to be one of the most eligible bachelors in Britain, met the 29-year-old City worker last year in a chance encounter — brokered by his pooch.
A friend revealed that Alizee had no idea who James was when she struck up a conversation with him at the South Kensington Club after saying hello to his Cocker Spaniel, Ella.
The pal told this newspaper at the time: ‘After Alizee went back to her table, James asked the waiter to give her a note saying: “I never normally do this, but would you like to go for a drink with me?” He also picked up their tab. A few weeks later, they went out for a drink together.
James Middleton and Alizee Thevenet attend the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Mr Thomas Kingston at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 18
‘It wasn’t until after they’d met for a drink that Alizee realised who he was — one of her friends had to tell her. They met thanks to Ella.’
The couple were spotted kissing during his New Year family getaway to the Caribbean island of St Barts in January, right.
Miss Thevenet is a keen skier who speaks four languages, thanks to her time spent in countries including Chile, Indonesia and Belgium while growing up.
She moved to Britain six years ago and has a masters degree in investment and finance from Queen Mary University of London.
James split up with his on-off girlfriend, amiable actress Donna Air, at the beginning of 2018 after a five-year romance.
The couple declined to comment.
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