Why Pippa Middleton Doesn’t Have A Royal Title And Won’t Get One In The Future?

Date June 19, 2018

The Duchess of Cambridge’s sister, Pippa Middleton, has finally confirmed she is expecting a child. The 34-year-old, who is married to hedge fund manager James Matthews, revealed she was lucky to escape morning sickness unlike her sister Kate.


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Pippa is very close to the royal family, but yet, not quite royal herself. She is an aunt to a future king and gets to attend many royal events alongside the royal family, as well as gets royal seats at Wimbledon.


Not only that, her own wedding had a very regal guest list, which included Prince William and Prince Harry. But despite all of those privileges, she is just Mrs. James Matthews.


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Many thought Pippa would get her own royal title of Lady Glen Affric thanks to her father-in-law, David Matthews. In 2008, David obtained Glen Affric estate in the Scottish Highlands. His extravagant purchase earned him the title of Laird of Glen Affric. Technically speaking, lairdships can be inherited, which means when David dies, his son becomes a Laird of Glen Affric, thus making Pippa his "Lady."


Nevertheless, as it turns out, the title of a “Lady” is not as easy to get. Royal expert Marlene Koenig states:

The lairdship of Glen Afric is a Scottish feudal barony, not a peerage.

A peerage (like Duke, Earl, etc.) is either received from a monarch or inherited. Being a laird means being a landowner, rather than a royal, so it doesn’t fall into the royal title category. Even if James inherits lairdship, it’s highly unlikely his wife will get her own title.

So, sadly for Pippa, she’s not becoming a “Lady” any time soon.

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