Another Middleton wedding: Duchess Kate’s brother, James, announces engagement


James Middleton, brother of Duchess Kate of Cambridge, announced Sunday that he asked his French girlfriend, Alizee Thevenet, to marry him, and she said, “Oui.”

That means the remaining Middleton sibling is headed down the aisle; Kate, 37, the eldest of Carole and Michael Middleton’s three children, married Prince William in 2011, and Pippa Middleton, 36, married financier James Matthews in 2017.

James Middleton, 32, announced the news on his Instagram page, including pictures and a short video clip. 

“Our secret is out but we couldn’t be happier to share the news,” he captioned a selfie of the two, adding emojis for a champagne bottle and glasses.

His Instagram story featured a series of selfies of the two and a short video of them playing in and under water near a yacht.

“I asked @alizeethevenet a question the other day,” the caption read.

There was no immediate word on when and where the wedding would take place.

Middleton stands out in public, thanks to his distinctive beard, which makes him look a bit like some of Prince William’s royal ancestors, such as King George V.

His Instagram account is stuffed with pictures mostly of his five dogs, a pack of adorable Golden Retrievers, but in May, he posted a selfie snap with Thevenet.

“Sail away with me,” he captioned the picture of the couple on a sailboat, wearing matching orange sweaters.

Middleton, who is close to both his sisters, has been seen with them often at family and charity events and at Wimbledon. He has dabbled in various businesses, with varying success, but in recent months, he’s become something of a spokesman for dealing with depression and mental health issues.

After Kate’s wedding, he was catapulted into the media spotlight and found the pressure and scrutiny hard to handle. He has been open about his struggles, talking to Tatler about it in June and writing a candid column in the Daily Mail in January

His royal in-laws, especially Prince William and Prince Harry, made mental health a focus of their charitable activities, hoping to reduce the stigma of mental illness and highlight the possibilities of treatment.

Middleton and Thevenet, 30, a financial analyst in London, have dated since the summer of 2018, according to the Daily Mail. That December, paparazzi spotted them together at a Christmas carol service to honor Pippa Middleton’s late brother-in-law.

In January, they vacationed in St. Barts along with Pippa and Matthews. The Mail published an interview with Thevenet’s father, Jean-Gabriel, who described them as “deliriously happy.” 

“My daughter Alizee is very happy with James, they are very much in love,” he told  MailOnline.

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  • Your wedding doesn't have to be an extravagant affair,1 of 35
  • Though she was not an official bridesmaid, Duchess2 of 35
  • A photographer stationed outside the church zooms in3 of 35
  • Britain's prince George (front row C), a pageboy, reacts4 of 35
  • Pippa, James and Duchess Kate laugh as they watch the5 of 35
  • The page boys and bridesmaids watched as the newlyweds6 of 35
  • The newlyweds kiss for the cameras outside the church.7 of 35
  • Prince William chats with his wife's brother, James8 of 35
  • The parents of the newlyweds emerge from the service.9 of 35
  • Britain's prince George (L), a pageboy, attends the10 of 35
  • Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) stands11 of 35
  • Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, right, arranges the train12 of 35
  • Pippa Middleton, (R) is escorted by her father Michael13 of 35
  • Pippa took the hand of her father, Michael Middleton,14 of 35
  • Pippa Middleton arrives for her wedding to James Matthews15 of 35
  • Pippa Middleton arrives for her wedding to James Matthews16 of 35
  • Prince Harry (R) and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge17 of 35
  • Another shot of the two princes.18 of 35
  • James Middleton, right, brother of the bride, walks19 of 35
  • Pippa and James are noted tennis fans, so it wasn't20 of 35
  • Spencer Matthews, left, gestures as he stands with21 of 35
  • James Middleton, brother of the bride, greets guests.22 of 35
  • Roger Federer and his wife Mirka arrive at St Mark's23 of 35
  • Guests arrive in colorful attire.24 of 35
  • Donna Air, left, arrives at St Mark's Church. Air is25 of 35
  • Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank arrive for the26 of 35
  • ENGLEFIELD, BERKSHIRE - MAY 18:  General View of St27 of 35
  • BUCKLEBURY, BERKSHIRE - MAY 19:  Father of Pippa Michael28 of 35
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  • ENGLEFIELD, BERKSHIRE - MAY 19:  Flowers being delivered30 of 35
  • BUCKLEBURY, BERKSHIRE - MAY 18:  General View of preparations31 of 35
  • BUCKLEBURY, BERKSHIRE - MAY 19:  The gated entrance32 of 35
  • BUCKLEBURY, BERKSHIRE - MAY 18:  General View of preparations33 of 35
  • (FILES) This file photo taken on December 25, 201634 of 35
  • ENGLEFIELD, BERKSHIRE - MAY 19:  Media are seen outside35 of 35

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