With her popularity declining, Pippa hits back at her sister’s golden-girl image As a child, Pippa was known as the beautiful, outgoing Middleton daughter, and was more than happy to plant herself in the limelight ahead of her more studious, shy, older sister Kate. When Kate began to make a name for herself as Prince William’s girlfriend, and later wife, at first Pippa, 28, didn’t seem to mind she was being eclipsed. After all, as the breakout star of her older sister’s royal wedding last year, Pippa’s social stocks also rose dramatically. But a year on, after a string of public mishaps, Pippa has found her golden-girl status rapidly diminishing, thanks to bad press about partying and using her royal connections for personal gain. Worst of all for Pippa, it’s believed her prized royal social set is now freezing her out. In a barely contained jealous rage, Pippa last weekend grabbed headlines in the most subtle way she knew – wearing a racy red version of the exact dress her sister famously wore at her engagement photocall last year. And, according to a high-profile royal insider, it couldn’t have come at a more inconvenient time for Kate.
Read more about Pippa Middleton in this week's Woman’s Day on sale Monday May 28, 2012.