Meet Pippa's Prince! 5 Things to Know About the Royal Sister's Fiancé James Matthews
He's sporty, handsome and can hang out with mom!
Here are five things to know about Pippa’s prince!
1. He’s an accomplish financier.
Matthews manages a hedge fund and is chief executive of Eden Rock Capital Management Group, which he established more than 10 years ago.
But Matthews isn’t all business – like Pippa, he shares a love of sports. He joined Pippa in a grueling 47-mile Otillo swim-run in Sweden last year. Most recently, the couple were spotted enjoying Wimbledon together.
2. He went to the same school as Prince William and Prince Harry!
All three guys attended Eton College, an English boys’ independent boarding school in Windsor, England. The prestigious school was founded by Henry VI in 1440.
3. His younger brother is a reality TV star.
Matthews’ younger brother Spencer Matthews stars in London’s popular reality show, Made in Chelsea, which follows the lives of wealthy London socialites who are born into a life of luxury.
4. He owns his own plane!
“He’s got his own small aircraft, the lucky guy” a family friend tells PEOPLE of Matthews’ Pilatus PC-12 private plane – on which he whisked Pippa for a weekend away to Corsica in May.
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The couple can use the private plane for many more sun-filled vacations with the whole family! In the summer of 2015, Matthews vacationed with Pippa and her parents Michael and Carole Middleton at his parents’ hotel, Eden Rock, in St. Barts. (Clearly Carole approves of her daughter’s guy!)
5. His older brother tragically died on Everest.
In 1999 – at the age of 22 – his brother Michael Matthews died as he made his way down Mount Everest after becoming the youngest Briton to summit the mountain. The experienced climber lost contact with the rest of his team as bad weather closed in near the top of the mountain.
Matthews and his family have ensured Michael’s legacy lives on by establishing the Michael Matthews Foundation. The charity provides education to over a thousand children after constructing school buildings in remote places.
Pippa has also participated in several of the charity races put on by the foundation, including climbing the Matterhorn in Switzerland in July 2016.
“Although I have raised money in the past for the Michael Matthews Foundation, it has now become even more important to me and my family,” Middleton said after completing the challenge. “Although neither I nor my brother ever met Michael, we both share his spirit and passion for the mountains. We made this climb knowing he would have been there nudging us on, and we are honoured to be supporting his memory.”
• With reporting by SIMON PERRY and MONIQUE JESSEN