Will Pippa Middleton’s engagement ring be bigger than Kate’s?

Pippa Middleton BoyfriendThe Duchess of Cambridge has one of the most famous engagement rings in the world – so the pressure is on for Alex Loudon to choose an impressive rock worthy of her little sister.

And he seems to be up to the challenge.

The former England cricketer is apparently preparing to pop the question soon, taking the UK’s most eligible woman off the market. Very happy couple: Alex Loudon, Pippa Middleton’s long-term boyfriend, is apparently getting ready to pop the question

The 31-year-old has apparently asked one of his friends to look for engagement rings for him, out in the Cotswolds.

Loudon must have hoped that by avoiding the jewellery shops himself, he could avoid attracting too much attention. Read more.

Pippa Middleton’s mystery man revealed as ex-boyfriend

Pippa Middleton BoyfriendIt was the night that glamorous Pippa Middleton was swept off her feet – literally – by a mystery admirer.

Today the Mail can reveal him as upper crust children’s entertainer Charlie ‘Sharky’ Astor, who also happens to be an ex-boyfriend – and whose biggest claim to fame, until now, was being part of a record-breaking pantomime horse.

The 29-year-old Old Etonian apparently dated the Duchess of Cambridge’s younger sister three years ago but the relationship was said to be casual and didn’t run the course.

A well-placed source said: ‘They were an item about three years ago. The relationship was very much on a casual basis.’

The pair have remained in touch, however, because they move in the same social circles and are both in the events business. Read more.