Why Kate Middleton May Not Be In Sister Pippa’s Wedding Party

Pippa served as maid of honour for Kate in 2011, but the Duchess may not repay the favour when her sister walks down the aisle...

We all know that Pippa Middleton was an amazing maid of honour at her sister Kate’s wedding to Prince William back in 2011.

So we’re incredibly surprised to hear that the Duchess of Cambridge might not even feature in Pippa’s bridal party when she ties the knot with fiancé James Matthews.

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Kate Middleton and Pippa Middleton

Pippa Middleton was bridesmaid for sister Kate in 2011

This is despite the fact that after Pippa and James announced their engagement last year, the 35-year-old was said to be ‘absolutely delighted’ for them.

So why are these rumours flying around? Have Kate and Pippa had a falling out? Is there some antiquated law that forbids Duchesses from being bridesmaids? Are there safety concerns?

Well, thankfully, it appears none of the above are true. Instead, Kate is just being as lovely and selfless as usual.

Kate Middleton and Prince William

Kate Middleton now has two children with husband Prince William

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Royals author Judy Wade tells PEOPLE: ‘Kate would upstage her sister. It’s a tricky situation for Pippa. She would want her sister by her side, as who else would she trust to make things go well?

‘But if your sister is a future Queen, she is going to upstage the bride and draw attention. Kate would want to be in the background as much as possible.’

Kate Middleton and Prince William with children Prince George and Princess Charlotte

Will Prince George and Princess Charlotte play a part in Pippa Middleton’s wedding?

Hmm. We guess that does make sense, although it would be lovely to see Kate repay the favour of being by her sibling’s side on her big day.

But it’s worth noting that William’s mum Princess Diana wasn’t a bridesmaid at the 1986 nuptials of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, the first prominent wedding that followed hers.

And then there’s the fact that Kate may have her hands full with her and Wills’ children Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who could very well end up being page boy and flower girl.

Spencer Matthews

Spencer Matthews is the brother of Pippa’s fiancé James

Whatever the case, there’s one famous face we reckon will play an important part in the ceremony – James’ younger brother Spencer.

Yep. As in THE Spencer Matthews. We can only image what’ll go down at the reception…