Pippa Middleton to be a Lady after marrying James Matthews

Pippa Middleton is receiving a title of her own! The Duchess of Cambridge's little sister is set to marry fiancé James Matthews, who is heir to a vast Scottish property, thus giving Pippa the designation of Lady Glen Affric, according to express.co.uk.

Her future father-in-law is David Matthews, the Laird of Glen Affric, who owns a 10,000 acre estate in the Scottish highlands that features a historic castle and a deer park. The Queen's grandmother Mary once stayed at the hunting lodge in the 19th century.

It has also been used by David Beckham when he filmed an advert for his Haig Club whiskey in 2014.


Glen Affric
The Matthews family own a 10,000 acre estate in the Scottish highlands

Nowadays the estate, which is located 15 miles from Loch Ness, is used by the Matthews family as a retreat from their London home. It can also be rented by members of the public to host hunting parties, with a three-night stay costing $20,490 for up to eight people.

Inside the lavish Caribbean hotel that belongs to the Matthews family

David, a former mechanic, received his title when he bought the stunning property in 2008, although it is unlikely that he would actually use the title as a form of address as it was purchased with the estate.

The Mathews Family portrait
David Matthews inherited the title of Laird of Glen Affric when he bought the property

James will inherit the title upon his father's death, although like David, he may not choose to formally use it.

In the future Pippa, as the heir's wife, would be able to use the courtesy title of Mrs Matthews of Glen Affric the younger, anywhere in the Commonwealth. She would then carry the title Lady Glen Affric when her father-in-law passes away.

Art historian Michael Reed told express.co.uk that the Matthews family tend to "keep to themselves" but "they know how to play the royal game". He added: "You've certainly got this Matthews family who own this huge baronial castle."

Pippa Middleton running
Pippa Middleton flashed her engagement ring during a run in London

Hedge fund manager James popped the question to Pippa over the weekend during a romantic staycation in the Lake District. The 40-year-old chose an exquisite Asscher-cut diamond ring to ask the all-important question.


A source confirmed the couple's engagement to Hello! while their spokesperson also released a statement, announcing: "Miss Pippa Middleton and Mr James Matthews are delighted to announce they became engaged on Sunday 17 July and plan to marry next year."

The couple, who first dated back in 2012, rekindled their romance last year and currently live in James' Chelsea home.

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