Rumors are swirling that Pippa Middleton, the younger sister of Kate Middleton, is engaged to her boyfriend of 15 months, Nico Jackson. And the buzz is shining a spotlight on the relatively unknown banker from London, who until now has managed to keep a low-profile.
Us Weekly, which broke the story on Wednesday, provided some juicy details of the rumored proposal. Jackson reportedly popped the question in early December during a vacation to India's Oberoi Amarvilas, a five-star resort with views of the Taj Mahal. Of Jackson's proposal, a source told Us, "It was exactly how he planned it. Very romantic and grand."
More on Yahoo Shine: Found It! Shop Pippa Middleton's New Favorite BagSo, who is the guy? Jackson, 36, is a stockbroker with Deutsche Bank, having earned his business degree at Kingston University in London. He's a departure from the men Pippa, 30, has dated in the past — her ex George Percy is heir to the Northumberland estate (which has been used in Harry Potter movies). And Jackson has a reputation for being polite. A source told the U.K. tabloid Express: "He is incredibly charismatic and stands out from the crowd. He is a really good catch."
According to reports, the two met in the fall of 2012 and have been inseparable since, gallivanting around the world on exotic vacations, including a ski trip to St. Moritz, Switzerland, in March and to Mustique, a private locale in the St. Vincent & Grenadine Islands, on a vacation with Kate Middleton and Prince William. And Pippa and Nico's chemistry is off the charts — they've been photographed kissing on the slopes, on the street, even in the back seats of taxicabs.
Bring on another Middleton wedding!
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And, if previous reports are true, Jackson has been welcomed into the Middleton family with open arms and invited to meet Prince George at Kensington Palace shortly after his birth in July. And the family love is mutual. In February, Jackson's mother, Ulrike Jackson, told the Daily Mail of her son's relationship, "We're very pleased. They are happy, and that is all that matters. As long as my children are happy, then I am happy."
Whether the rumors are true or not, one thing is clear: Pippa looks amazing in a white gown (the world took note of her beauty after she dazzled in her bridesmaid dress at Kate Middleton's 2011 nuptials). Bring on another royal wedding!
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