JAMES Middleton is to marry his French girlfriend after popping the question with a dazzling “sapphire sparkler”.
Kate and Pippa’s 32-year-old brother had been one of the country’s most eligible bachelors but last year met 29-year-old City worker Alizee Thevenet in a chance encounter.
James was of course the only one reading at the wedding of his sister the Duchess of Cambridge, declaring: “Let love be genuine.”
But now the Daily Mail has revealed he will be the one exchanging vows.
One of their friends told the paper’s diary editor Richard Eden: “They’ve got engaged.
“Alizee has been wearing a beautiful sapphire sparkler.
“They’ve been keeping the engagement secret, but news has started to leak out among their friends.
“They’ll be announcing it formally next week.”
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Prince William also gave Kate a sapphire ring which was inherited from his mum Princess Diana.
James and Alizee reportedly met at the exclusive South Kensington Club after she said hello to his Cocker Spaniel, Ella, and went for a drink a few weeks later.
The couple were spotted kissing during the annual Middleton family New Year getaway to the Caribbean island of St Barts.
James has been in an on-off relationship with former TV presenter Donna Air, 38.
The couple were together for four years and admitted they had been thinking about where their relationship was going next, before deciding to split in 2017.
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