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Who Is James Matthews? 6 Facts About Pippa Middleton’s Husband

5. He lives in a $22 million mansion.

Pippa Middleton and James Matthews were officially wed on May 20 at St. Mark’s Church in Englefield, Berkshire.


The nuptials were followed by a lavish celebration in her parents’ backyard. (Don’t let the word “backyard” fool you. This was not a casual ceremony with Tiki lights. The event took place under a glass structure that resembled a crystal palace and cost $100,000.)

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The details of the elegant ceremony have been much discussed, such as the surprisingly traditional gown designed by Giles Deacon (which had certain similarities to her famous sister Kate Middleton’s own gown) and the spectacular light show that flashed images of Middleton and Matthews’ love story). But what of the groom himself? Who is James Matthews, and how did he become one of the luckiest men in the United Kingdom?

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Here’s what you need to know:

1. He Used To Be A Race-Car Driver

Though now a successful financier, the 41-year-old newlywed raced cars in his younger days. He even won the British and European Formula Renault Championship for Manor Motorsport.

2. His Brother Is A Reality-TV Star

Matthews might be polished and professional, but his sibling Spencer has made a name for himself as a reality-TV star. He is a reformed bad-boy and recovering addict. Spencer has appeared on shows like “I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!” and he wrote a memoir in which he detailed his addiction to steroids and how he slept with over 1,000 women. (Oh, my…What does the Queen make of all that?)


3. His Family Has Suffered Heartbreaking Tragedy

Matthews’ elder brother Michael was a dedicated adventurer. He broke a world record by becoming the youngest Briton (then 23 years old) to ever climb Mount Everest in 1999. Tragically, the accomplished mountaineer died on the descent down the mountain, leaving his family heartbroken.

4. He Loves Endurance Sports

Matthews and Middleton made headlines when they did a 6-hour cross-country ski race together. The 33-mile course is not for the faint-of-heart, but it proved that the couple had much in common: Sportsmanship and a competitive drive.