Right now, life is good for Pippa Middleton. For one, the 32-year-old’s dashing millionaire Old Etonian boyf James Matthews, 40, popped the question a week ago.
That and she’s currently enjoying all the trappings of royal life – without having to bother herself with public service.
Even big sis Kate must feel a smidgen jealous.
Here, and as detailed by today’s Mail On Sunday, we wrap just SOME of the lavish gifts that Ms Middleton has reportedly had showered on her since she and Mr Matthews began dating properly earlier this year (they also enjoyed a brief dalliance in late 2012).
1) A £250,000 art deco engagement ring with a three-carat Asscher-cut diamond at its centre.
2) A £14,500 Cartier Ballon Bleu watch – Kate has one too.
3) A £100,000 classic car of her choosing to mark the engagement – a 1960s Mercedes Pagoda, like the one driven by Kate Moss, is top of the wishlist.
4) Lavish holidays to Corsica and Verbier, the Swiss party resort.
5) Nights out in London’s most exclusive restaurants – including Notting Hill hotspot Casa Cruz, where a single steak costs £50; high-end Indian restaurant Rasoi in Chelsea, and tapas restaurant Cambio del Tercio in South Kensington.
6) Numerous trips for the whole Middleton family to St Barths, where his parents own and run the Eden Rock hotel. They tend to travel on his £3m private jet.
7) A whole new floor added to his £17m Chelsea, London home. Pippa moved in after just two months of dating, and James immediately set about developing an extra floor in the house to accommodate a new bathroom especially for her.
8) A lavish 33rd birthday bash on September 6. Friends say he has a ‘huge surprise’ planned and will also fly the whole Middleton family (again, on his private jet, natch) to the Caribbean.
9) A wedding to remember: the pair are due to marry next year. Pippa is thought to have set her heart on a reception in the Scottish Highlands where the Matthews family own a 10,000-acre estate. The grand Victorian hunting lodge at Glen Affric in Inverness-shire has 11 bedrooms. It can only be rented as a whole… for more than £20,000 a night.