In the context of such lurid episodes, Spencer’s small aside about his elder brother made little impact. For James just happens to have a new ‘incredible girlfriend’ on his arm — Britain’s most eligible young woman: Pippa Middleton.Rumours of a relationship first emerged in the public domain in October, when James Matthews, a 40-year-old hedge fund manager, was spotted arriving at his Chelsea home with Ms Middleton, 32, late one evening.
Raised in a village near Rotherham, by a former coal miner who had taken over the local garage, he first worked as an apprentice mechanic for his father, before taking up motor racing in his early 20s.
In 1966, having built up a reputation on the Northern racing circuit, David married a pioneering female racing driver called Anita Taylor, who was known in gossip columns as ‘the most beautiful driver in the business’.
Indeed, in the early 2000s, James bought a house opposite the U. Embassy in Mayfair, before selling it a few years later and moving to a huge Notting Hill mansion whose previous owners include Nick Jones, the Soho House founder, and Desert Island Discs host Kirsty Young.
He is applying to build a first-floor extension that will allow a ‘vanity basin’ complete with ‘his and hers sinks’ to be added to the bathroom, along with male and female dressing rooms off the master bedroom.
Would that be the honeymoon suite if James and Pippa were to advance their relationship enough to marry?