pippa middleton boyfriend nicoThis could be a banner year for the Middleton family! Not only are they expecting the royal baby any minute now, but it looks like Duchess Catherine's sis Pippa Middleton could be close to getting a ring on it! Royal watchers say that they think "wedding bells are likely for Pippa" after the excitement of the birth of the royal baby quiets down a bit. Hooray! Oh, but wait, who is she most likely going to head down the aisle with?

Pippa's BF is a 35-year-old stockbroker named Nico Jackson, who she's reportedly said to be "the one." They've only been dating for eight months, but are very out and proud about how serious they've gotten ... They were spotted PDA-ing it up at the Wimbledon men's singles semi-finals last week, and both are apparently telling friends that the relationship is serious, according to the Daily Mail. A "close friend" confirmed to the paper that "an engagement is definitely [in] the cards." Well, it's about bloody time!

I kid, I kid. It's just that it seems like poor Pippa has been having such a weird time in the spotlight (which, for the gazillionth time, she never asked for -- it was just by way of her sister's you-can't-get-more-high-profile relationship!). And when she actually tried to strike out on her own and do something to show the public what she's all about by releasing a book, it totally bombed. All anyone seemed to care about was her bum! 

Not to mention that it seems like she's had her fair share of ups and downs in relationships. Remember that former England cricketer Alex Loundon guy she was on and off again with? He supposedly couldn't handle the paparazzi chasing them all the time apparently. So lame!

But now, thankfully it sounds like she's found herself a real man who can handle Pippa's involuntarily public life. And she'll be 30 in a couple of months (just like me -- we share the same exact b-day, which is fun), so I can imagine she's pumped to start a successful new chapter of her life and relationship. Let's hope that's the case, because really, after everything she's been through recently, she deserves it!

Are you looking forward to Pippa's wedding?

 

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