Pippa Middleton says she's no party girl and is irritated by 'the word socialite'

Pippa Middleton may be one of the most photographed women around, but she says there are challenges that come with her high profile and membership in the extended royal family - including being labelled a "party girl," something she insists she's not.

In her first major interview since announcing her engagement to James Matthews in July, Kate's younger sister put rest to claims that suggest she used her connections to elevate her celebrity status.

The 33-year-old stressed her particular dislike at often being referred to as a "social butterfly" and told The Daily Mail that she hopes that her new book changes peoples' negative perceptions of her.

TAP TO VIEW FULL GALLERYPippa Middleton has insisted she is not a "party girl" in a new interview

"People see me as someone privileged who has used my position to advantage; that I don't really work, that I am a socialite - that word really irritates me - and that I'm a party girl without any substance," she confessed.

Over the past year, Pippa has been busy working with the British Heart Foundation on her second offering - entitled Heartfelt - a cookbook which features more than 100 recipes for a heart-healthy lifestyle.

The budding author was thrust into the limelight in 2011 when she acted as bridesmaid at sister Kate's wedding to Prince William.

The 33-year-old announced her engagement to James Matthews in July

Pippa also went on to admit that she had to develop "quite a thick skin" to deal with the constant glare that can occasionally be "unnerving".

"I guess it's become the new normal for us. It means there are factors we have to weigh up and think about, but we try not to let it affect us," she explained.

"I try not to be too sensitive about things because it's just a bit of life I have to deal with. But I would be lying if I said it didn't affect me."

Meanwhile, Pippa and her fiancé James - who have been together since last year - are expected to have one of the biggest weddings of 2017.

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