The Sun reports that Pippa Middleton and longtime friend George Percy are officially dating. Pippa and the Earl of Northumberland were flatmates at Edinburgh University and were rumored to have a fling four or so years ago.
Percy, whose family is one of the richest in England, stands to inherit over $550 million one day. The Dukedom includes an enormous estate where Alnwick Castle sits, the setting for Hogwart’s in Harry Potter.
Middleton and Percy went to Madrid with a group of friends last May, but sources claimed they were just friends. Catherine’s younger sister headed to the Earl’s family estate after breaking up with boyfriend Alex Loudon, but another insider says that things between Percy and Middleton are blossoming.
“Pippa has always been close to him. There is no doubt this was a huge issue for her ex-boyfriend Alex. After they parted the first thing she did was spend a weekend on George’s estate in Northumberland. But now they are out in the open.” However, a royal source calls this report “unfounded,” according to the Daily Mail.
Royal reporter Victoria Arbiter told us that Percy “really is a stand up guy and comes from a very down to earth ‘sensible’ family! So well done Pippa if it is true!”