ELISABETH HOFF/ COURTESY BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION
To mark the release of her new book, Heartfelt, Pippa gave a long interview to the Daily Mail in which she tried to set the record straight about the type of person she really is.
‘People see me as someone privileged who has used my position to advantage; that I don’t really work, that I am a socialite – that word really irritates me – and that I’m a party girl without any substance,’ she said.
‘I have had a few years of being in the public eye and I have developed something of a thick skin,’ she continued. ‘But managing it all on my own has been quite hard. I have quite a lot thrown at me, such as being followed by people hiding behind cars and jumping out with cameras. It can be unnerving.’
Pippa also revealed that her parents Carole and Mike have had their lives affected as well. With the media focus on her sister, the whole family’s privacy has had to go through changes.
‘I guess it’s become the new normal for us,’ she said. ‘It means there are factors we have to weigh up and think about, but we try not to let it affect us. I try not to be too sensitive about things because it’s just a bit of life I have to deal with. But I would be lying if I said it didn’t affect me.’
As with the huge media attention her appearance gained at sister Kate’s 2011 wedding, she revealed she hasn’t quite made sense of it, saying: “I was surprised and still don’t understand it.”
In the interview, the 33-year-old also opened up about multi-millionaire financier James Matthews, 41, whom she got engaged to in July.
‘I think James and I have the same spirit,’ she confessed. ‘We are both competitive. We have had many adventures together. We have a lot in common and that helps. I don’t think it would work with a couch potato.’
Much of the interview revolved around her new published work titled Heartfelt, a cookbook containing more than 100 recipes for a healthy lifestyle, most of which Pippa confessed she has tried.
‘I would like to say I have made every single one, but I have definitely done a good 80 percent of them, ‘ she said.