News about Prince Harry reportedly dating Pippa Middleton in a section of the media is completely untrue. The Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), the press watchdog, said that the story about the British royal and the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister was “significantly misleading.” Harry had approached the IPSO in December with a complaint about a particular newspaper which claimed that he had a “secret romance” with Pippa Middleton.
The 31-year-old royal complained about a story linking him with his sister-in-law Kate Middleton’s younger sister Pippa in a British publication the Daily Star. Harry said that the story was “completely untrue.” The newspaper printed the IPSO’s adjudication, which was referenced on the front page of the tabloid.
The newspaper claimed that Harry and Pippa “hooked up” during Prince William and Kate’s royal wedding in 2011. It also claimed to have contacted Clarence House for comment, but it had not. However, Harry and his staff are based at the Kensington Palace.
However, members of the Royal family have never so far gone to the extent of making formal complaints about newspaper articles. The tradition of the British royals has always been to ignore inaccurate reports rather than draw attention to them by complaining.
Meanwhile, Pippa Middleton’s once flourishing media career is now over. According to the Daily Mail, the 32-year-old will not take up any new work. “It was felt by William in particular that she needed some guidance and support. Among some courtiers, there were also echoes of Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, after her break-up with Prince Andrew and how she sold herself out with various corporate deals,” said a close friend of Pippa.
The insider added that William thought something needed to be done and hence “she has been quietly and diplomatically reined in.” Pippa is now concentrating only on her charity work.
Over the weekend, Pippa raised money for The British Heart Foundation by running The Great Wall Marathon in China. William and Kate have reportedly spoken to Pippa and boyfriend James Matthews privately to suggest what can be done to assist her in a suitable career. According to the brunette beauty’s new spokesman at the 10Ten Talent agency, Pippa has been keeping a low profile to focus on her charity work.
Pippa is the ambassador for The British Heart Foundation, Disability Snowsport UK and The Mary Hare School for deaf children. She wanted to inspire young people to be fit and take on challenges through sport. Simon Kelner, chief executive of PR agency Seven Dials, who advised Pippa on her media strategy, aid that she “tried to forge a career within certain parameters which are not of her making.” However, a spokesman for Kensington Palace declined to comment.