According to Us Weekly, Nico Jackson proposed to Pippa Middleton during the couple's December trip to Oberoi Amarvilas in India. "It was exactly how he planned it," a source said of the proposal. "Very romantic and grand."
UPDATE: A source close to Pippa Middleton told Daily Mail that Kate's sister is not engaged. But with all of these rumors flying around, it may just be a matter of time.
Pippa Middleton and Nico Jackson have been together for 15 months before reportedly getting engaged. In fact, the two faced wedding rumors earlier this year, when reports swirled that Jackson had indeed proposed. In September, Sunday People reported Pippa Middleton was engaged but was keeping the news quiet until her 30th birthday. The article also claimed that Pippa Middleton kept the engagement secret so she would not upstage sister Kate, who gave birth to her first child in July. But Pippa Middleton's 30th birthday came and went, with no signs of an engagement.
Still, this reported Pippa Middleton engagement is a happy ending to what has been a somewhat tumultuous year for Prince George's aunt. In March, she was dropped by her literary agent after her party-planning book was widely panned by critics. The work in question, Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends, was criticized for its obvious party tips. The book's suggestions included using ketchup as a blood substitute for Halloween parties and serving stuffed peppers with forks for guests.
In fact, many felt that a parody account called @PippaTips was more entertaining than Pippa Middleton's actual book. The Twitter feed dispensed advice like taking headache pills to cure a headache and eating a late-night snack to satisfy your midnight cravings.
But Pippa Middleton was not amused, as Nico Jackson's new fiancée sued the creators of the account in July. She was particularly upset that the authors of the account wrote a parody book of their own called When One Is Expecting: A Posh Person's Guide To Pregnancy And Parenting. The work was more popular on Amazon than Middleton's own book, though Celebrate greatly out-sold the parody in actual bookstores.
The press in general has been particularly harsh on Pippa Middleton this year. After she published her book, she was hired as a contributor for Vanity Fair. One of her first columns gave a detailed preview of the Wimbledon tennis tournament in England. But once again, she was criticized for her obvious advice. For her, insider advice included getting to the courts early and printing out directions beforehand. A later column explaining cricket to Americans was also panned for being too confusing.
Daily Mail even went one step further, calling out Pippa Middleton's style earlier this year. A headline asked if she gets dressed in the dark, while the actual article called her out for not wearing a bra. Perhaps this supposed engagement will help get Kate Middleton's sister back on the public's good side