Happy Birthday, Pippa: Give your sister a hug, willya?


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Marrying a prince is hardly the ultimate definition of success, but it’s hard to argue that the woman who landed the most eligible bachelor in the world hasn’t done well for herself. Yet I couldn’t help feel a little sad for Kate Middleton during her wedding. It wasn’t that her life as she knew it was officially over. It was the striking presence of her younger sister, Pippa. You may have noticed her in that sleek ivory Alexander McQueen gown. The tabloids certainly did.

So here you have this nice older sister, growing up in a nice upper-class British family. She does the right things, she goes to the right schools, she meets the right people. She’s responsible and loving towards her younger sister, who folks back home still argue was the prettier and the more outgoing of the two. Yet, the eldest perseveres, and lands a freakin’ prince. If there was any lingering sibling rivalry — and no matter how close they are, there’s bound to be some with sisters born just 20 months apart — you’d think landing the heir to the British throne would bury them once and for all. Until her special day, which is shared with the entire English-speaking world. And the entire world suddenly wants to talk about her sister’s bum as if we’re all Elaine Benes and she’s John-John.

Kate Middleton is now public property. Her every move, outfit, and weight fluctuation will be scrutinized by the tabloids forever. For. Ever. Meanwhile, her younger sister, who no one really knew until her sister’s nuptials, is a “Fascinating Celebrity” whose 28th birthday is noted by knights of the keyboards around the globe. How will Pippa celebrate her birthday? Who is she wearing? Who is she snogging?

Kate doesn’t seem like the catty type — any bride who would let her bridesmaid wear that dress has a generous heart of gold — so I expect she’s already wished her sister a happy birthday in royal fashion. But even with all Kate’s fairy-tale fortune, I would also understand if she is the envious sibling right now.

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  • DAK

    There might be a twinge of jealousy – but I bet she’s thankful. Thankful her sister is hogging the spotlight. If only Diana had been so lucky to have someone else for the paparazzi to focus on. Who knows, Kate might be even feel somewhat guilty for putting her sister out there like that.

  • Courtney

    I just DON’T get it with Pippa. Kate’s gorgeous, but Pippa’s only cute. What is the obsession with her?? Kate is a million times prettier.

    • LM

      Totally agree.

      • AV

        Agree 1000x

      • Ms. Chanandler Bong

        Totes. Kate is prettier, but I bet Pippa is way more fun to hang out with.

    • Lynette

      I agree. It seems that her name is what draws people to her. It sounds “fun”/”funny”. Coupled with the fact that she is only made herself visible and not audible…it makes her somewhat of a mystery.

      • Regina George

        I would prefer to talk to Pippa than talk to Kate, just because Pippa seems more relaxed and ready to have a good time.

    • Kristin

      I totally agree. I don’t understand why she’s getting so much attention.

    • Jenn

      I don’t get it either. They look the same. And while that dress was very classy and elegant, it’s not THAT stunning that it should have stolen the spotlight. I think everyone’s just looking for a new story to follow since we now know the conclusion of the Will and Kate romance

    • Laura

      Totally agree! I don’t get the Pippa obsession… Kate is much prettier.

      • Suz

        Yup! Kate is much, MUCH prettier.

    • Jane

      Same here…Kate is stunning, Pippa looks much older, too much sunbathing!

    • Shannon

      agreed. Kate completely outshines Pippa.

    • yo

      Totally Agree. Catherine is prettier…

    • Erica

      I totally agree…I dont get all the fuss about Pippa, Kate is so much better!!!

  • Candace

    Listen, you have got to be kidding me. The Pippa police are some crazy hype men who want to create a story. Yes, she is a lovely girl, but she is one of many lovely young woman enjoying their life. It’s not a sibling rivalry. I don’t think that Kate walks around wishing that people were commenting on her bum. To suggest so is just hype upon hype upon hype.


    What does she do besides look hotter than her sister?

  • Ruby

    I think Pippa’s very pretty and I too remember being like wow, hot dress. But I don’t get the obsession. I think Kate is lovely…in fact, I’ve developed a bit of a girl crush that I’m kinda ashamed to admit to. Mind you, Kate’s done nothing more than Pippa really but marry a Prince, so it’s all kinda arbitrary popularity.

  • ge

    I dont get it. When i was watching the wedding i only had eyes on Kate. I hardly notice Pippa. I saw her in the dress and did not think about her at all, she was just there. I was shocked over the attention she got because i was only watching Kate. Pippa is nothing special. No one would look at her twice if she was walking down the street. She has man face and damage from the sun and skin will be like leather in 20 years.

  • jessica

    I had no idea she was younger. I thought people were obsessed with her because she was the older, single sister of Kate, and they were anxious to see her date and get married. I think Kate is much more elegant and prettier than Pippa, whose real name is Philippa (so parents naming their kids Pippa are just giving them nicknames normally given by children who can’t speak properly) anyway. I’m not saying Pippa isn’t a beautiful girl; I just think Kate is prettier, and I don’t think all of the attention in the press is merited.

  • plumes1

    Happy Birthday Pippa
    You are my joy. Huggggs from Chicago
    Best Wishes
    M L

  • A

    What kind of stupid a$$ article is this? Creating some kind of jealousy and rivalry between them? Get a life.

  • SteveMN

    As a guy I’ll say I find Pippa VERY attractive. The dress we elegant and sexy at the same time. For those of you who say Pippa’s not pretty, get a life. You wish you were as pretty as she is, plain and simple. I would definitely look twice if I saw her on the street. I’d probably look 3 or 4 times!

  • Auth

    Don’t believe the lies that this woman is of the Middle Class. She’s conencted to the dreaded Catholic, Percy family headed by Ralph Percy. One of the very families behind the attempted destruction of the Houses of Parliament with Guy Fawkes which was organised by the Jesuits. In fact the Percy family love to remember this event as evident from some of their meetings of late. The Percy’s control the U.K. with their masters at 114 Mount Street, Westminster along with St John’s Wood.

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