In the years since they left university, Pippa and Percy have remained close friends, not least because Percy is a good friend of Prince William (the two went to Eton together) and is therefore inside the young royals’ “circle of trust.”Last summer, Percy, 27, and Pippa, 28, spent a weekend together in Madrid when Pippa had broken up with Loudon for the first time.
They were spotted out and about together in London frequently over the summer, including at the Aegon tennis championships. Immediately after her final split with Loudon, following a blazing row at a friend’s wedding, it was to Percy’s ancestral home, Alnwick Castle, the exterior of which was used as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films, that Pippa fled for a weekend of grouse shooting.
It’s thought that the pair are friends from their time at Edinburgh University but have turned their relationship up a notch after a New Year’s Eve party thrown by the Middleton family.
Last year Pippa and George insisted they were just pals after they were spotted together after Pippa’s break-up with Alex Louden.
Percy was born as the second child and elder son of Lord Ralph Percy and his wife, Jane.
He became heir apparent to the dukedom in 1995, when his uncle Henry, 11th Duke of Northumberland, died.
Pippa Middleton has started dating George Percy, who is the heir to the Duke of Northumberland, it’s been reported.For Pippa Middleton, recently dumped by her boyfriend of two years, England cricketer Alex Loudon, after a blazing row at a friend’s wedding (Loudon could no longer put up with the “circus” that surrounds the younger Miss Middleton wherever she goes), has chosen the shoulder of former college roommate Earl George Percy to cry on.Pippa spent the weekend shooting grouse on the moors surrounding George’s 50,000-acre country pile—Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, better known to the world as the exterior of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films—and, in what could be seen as a significant gesture, attended the Remembrance Sunday service at the parish church with George and his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland.He graduated in 2007, having shared a house with Pippa Middleton, with whom he was subsequently linked.Percy studied Arabic language at the University of Damascus, and later worked on development projects in the Middle East, including Abu Dhabi.