Kate Middleton’s younger sister Pippa Middleton’s relationship with boyfriend Alex Loudon came to an end last week. Pippa, dubbed “the most eligible girl on earth” by tabloid media, and the England cricketer, had been an item for a year and a half before they ended their relationship.
A friend of Alex and Pippa told The Mail on Sunday that it was Alex who decided to end things, rather than Pippa.
“The plain truth is Alex adored Pippa but he couldn’t stand the circus that now surrounds her. Nothing is straightforward anymore,” the friend said.
Another family friend said: “He hated the fact they were followed by paparazzi and he avoided going out because of it. Alex is very strait-laced. He loves his family and his friends and has no time for celebrity.”
The friend also went on to say that Pippa was not regarded as “wife material” by Alex’s parents.
“Alex’s parents were welcoming but they were always somewhat lukewarm about the relationship. They didn’t see Pippa as ‘wife material’. James and his wife Jane both come from very good families.”
According to a friend, Pippa is devastated by the breakup. “This has come as a big shock for Pippa. She was over the moon when he gave her a set of keys to his place and she was talking about moving in together. She was in this for the long term.
“They have had a few problems but she was not expecting them to break up and she is heartbroken.”