The younger sister of Duchess Kate of Cambridge has substance, she said in an interview with the Mail on Sunday, her first since she said yes to multi-millionaire London financier James Matthews, 40, in July.
"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 told the Mail.
It's not true, says Pippa, 33, and to prove it she has a new book to wave around along with her gobsmacker of an engagement ring. She shows off the 3-carat diamond sparkler but remains mum on precisely when (sometime in 2017) and where the wedding will be, what kind of dress she'll wear and who will make it.
You'll recall Pippa's first book, a tome on party planning that came out in 2012, sank under a wave of bad reviews and poor sales. But she remains undaunted. Her new cookbook, Heartfelt, is aimed at raising money for a favorite charity, the
Naturally, other topics came up in the interview, such as the downside of her paparazzi-plagued life since her sister's wedding, the closeness of her family, and the sometimes nasty gossip about her on social media.
She hopes the new book will help adjust her image. "I work very hard," she says. "I'm true to my values. I just try to live a normal life like many of my friends."
Today, she lives with her fiance in his Chelsea mansion and cycles to an office she shares in
She gets support from her fiance, who is just as sporty and outdoorsy as she.
"I think James and I have the same spirit," she says. "We are both competitive. We have had many adventures together. We have a lot in common and that helps. I don't think it would work with a couch potato."