Pippa Middleton has split from her long-term boyfriend, the cricket star turned city banker Alex Loudon. The 27-year-old royal bridesmaid ended her relationship with Alex after a series of rows, according to the UK's Sun newspaper.
Following the recent breakdown of the relationship, Pippa immediately sought solace with older sister, the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton and husband Prince William. An insider revealed, "Pippa tried to get over the split by spending last weekend with Wills and Kate at Balmoral. She and Alex split briefly in the summer - but this time it's over. They are barely speaking". The couple reportedly stunned guests at a friend's wedding two months ago by "having a blazing row", with one source explaining, "It was said after the wedding that Alex was jealous of Pippa flirting with Prince Harry. But the truth is she and Harry are just mates". Other friends claim Alex failed to cope with Pippa's newfound status as a sex symbol - she has rarely been out of the press since the royal wedding in April this year. The 27-year-old still works part time for her family's mail order film Party Pieces, but was recently featured in U.S. Vogue magazine with Kate - 2011 was said to be the year of 'the sisters'.
As for her next potential relationship, one friend of Pippa's said, "She's always gone for sporty guys. Whoever is lucky enough to win her affections will have to be athletic".