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Pippa Middleton is embarrassed.
In her first-ever TV interview — previewed last week and airing on Today beginning Monday morning — the 30-year-old sister of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, opened up about that notable bum-hugging bridesmaid dress, designed by Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton.
“It was completely unexpected. I think the plan was not really for it to be a significant dress,” she said. “[It was] really just to sort of blend in with the train. I suppose it’s flattering. Embarrassing, definitely. It wasn’t planned.”
Where is it now? “It’s actually still in my wardrobe at home,” she said. “I haven’t worn it since. But I think I’ll just keep it there. I think it’s the sort of thing that I’m sure I’ll bring out if someone wanted to see it or my children one day want to see it. Then I’ll show them. But it’s tucked away.”
Of the royal wedding, she reflected, “It sounds funny to say, but we saw it as just a family wedding. And actually, I didn’t realize, perhaps, the scale of it until afterward.” Still, she concluded of her fame, “I’ve had amazing opportunities — I feel very fortunate to have opportunities and access to things that I maybe wouldn’t necessarily.”
Throughout the interview, Middleton opened up about cruel online comments (“I have felt publicly bullied a little bit. … I’m just paving my way and trying to live a life like any 30-year-old.”), her dynamic with Kate (“We have a very normal, sisterly relationship.”) and being Prince George‘s aunt (“He’s amazing. He’s a very dear boy. … I would happily have one.”).
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She also said of being a contributing editor for Vanity Fair and a food columnist for the British magazine Waitrose Kitchen: “I want to carry on writing. I’ve always loved writing. So that’s the plan, and a few other things in the pipeline. … There’s so much I’d love to achieve. And I still want to keep up the sport and health side of things because that’s really important to me, so trying to blend that in with my love of writing and food and entertaining.”
Watch the videos below, plus more on her charity work with the British Heart Foundation and the Michael Matthews Foundation as well as her recent 3,000-mile, 12-state bike trip for Bike Across America:
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