Pippa Middleton – and Her Heart-Shaped Purse! – Help Raise $275,000 for Charity Ahead of Valentine's Day
She might have given her heart to investment banker James Matthews, but attending a charity dinner on the eve of Valentine’s weekend, it was her heart-shaped bag that Pippa Middleton happily parted with – all in the name of charity.
In her role as ambassador for the British Heart Foundation Middleton, 32 attended the glitzy “Roll Out the Red Ball” fundraiser at The Savoy on Thursday night, giving a heartfelt speech as to why she felt so passionate about the cause.
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Wearing a bespoke monochrome dress from designer Tabitha Webb, with bright red stiletto heels and a red heart-shaped clutch bag by Radley, the royal sibling, sporting a tan and red lipstick, went for high-octave glamour as she hosted a table with friends (Matthews was not present) and partied with British actor (and new dad) Hugh Grant.
In her role as ambassador for the charity, Pippa raised over $32,000 in the Race Across America bike challenge back in 2014, and she hit the saddle again last June for the London to Brighton Bike Ride.
Hosted by British TV presenter Natasha Kaplinksy, the auction included a limited edition moving portrait of the late singer David Bowie, a stay at Downton Abbey‘s Highclere Castle and in a last minute addition – Pippa’s very own heart-shaped Radley clutch bag. Paired with the floral print Tabitha Webb silk tea dress and scarf that she co-designed for the British designer last year, the three items sold for just over $1,880.
“It was an incredible evening raising vital funds for our fight against heart disease,” said Professor Peter Weissberg, medical director at the charity, adding: “Thank you to everyone for making Roll Out the Red a night to remember.”