'It's startling to be recognised all over the globe because of your brother-in-law and your bottom': Pippa Middleton gives a frank assessment of her rise to fame in new book
09:35 GMT, 21 October 2012
She is the younger sister of the future Queen whose derriere became the surprise star of last year’s Royal Wedding.
Now – in her new party-planning book – Pippa Middleton has acknowledged the ‘startling’ reality that she has achieved worldwide fame because Kate married Prince William… and because of the unexpected focus on her bottom.
Pippa, 29, admits: ‘It is a bit startling to achieve global recognition before the age of 30 on account of your sister, your brother-in-law and your bottom.
Pippa secured a deal worth 400,000 for the book with publisher Michael Joseph
The sister-in-law of Prince William shares her tips for a perfect party in this week's Mail on Sunday
In her new book, Pippa Middleton says her new-found fame has an upside and downside
‘One day I might be able to make
sense of this. In the meantime I think it’s fair to say that it has its
upside and its downside.
certainly have opportunities many can only dream of – but in most ways
I’m a typical girl in her 20s trying to forge a career and represent
herself in what can sometimes seem rather strange circumstances.
‘I am by nature an optimist so I tend to concentrate on the advantages.
'One of the most attractive has been the chance to publish [this book] Celebrate.’
Exclusive extracts from Celebrate: A
Year Of British Festivities For Families And Friends are reproduced in a
special 24-page pullout in today’s You magazine.
The book is party-planner Pippa’s guide to home entertaining and goes on sale at the end of this month.
Celebrate, she acknowledges the effect her sister the Duchess of
Cambridge’s fame will have on sales, saying: ‘I know many of you will
pick up the book out of nothing more than curiosity.
I can assure you that it feels even stranger to me than it probably
does to you to have seen so much written about me when I have done so
little to paint a picture of myself.
'This is my first chance to do that
and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.
'The book is designed to be a
comprehensive guide to home entertaining, based on my experience in my
family’s business Party Pieces and work for London-based events company
year it was revealed that Pippa – whose previous literary experience
includes writing the online newsletter Party Times for the family’s
business – had secured an almost unprecedented 400,000 deal for the
book with publisher Michael Joseph.
Further extracts from the book, which includes seasonal recipes for home entertaining, will appear in next week’s You magazine.
recipes are accompanied by glossy pictures of the author along with a
selection of anecdotes recalling her childhood growing up with Kate in
Talking about Bonfire Night, she
says: ‘The unique sights, sounds, smells and tastes make this festival a
particularly evocative one.
remember the noise of the bells ringing at school as the effigy of Guy
Fawkes we’d prepared earlier was carried out on a canvas stretcher,
hoisted on to the huge bonfire and set alight.
‘Then the revelry would begin.
'My school friends and I would all have sparklers we passed around, lighting one from another.’
Pippa also reminisces about playing conkers at school: ‘We all used to get really competitive. The trick was to paint clear nail varnish on the conkers to make them very tough and less likely to break – outrageous cheating of course!’
Pippa Middleton says she is trying to forge a career and represent herself