Royal watchers went into overdrive a few weeks ago, when it was rumored the world’s most famous maid of honor getting was getting ready for her own walk down the aisle. But not so fast! Rumors that Pippa Middleton’s boyfriend Nico Jackson proposed to her during a recent trip to India have not been officially confirmed or denied, however a source for People says there’s no truth to the story.
Pippa may not have a new sparkler on her finger, but things do seem pretty serious between her and the dashing Mr. Jackson, who she’s been dating for over a year. So what should you know about Nico? Here’s a quick primer.
Nico, 36, is six years older than Pippa, who is 30. He was brought up in Folkstone, Kent, UK, and went on to major in business studies at Kingston University in London. While his upbringing was middle class, he has since made millions as a stockbroker at Deutsche Bank.
Before he met Pippa, Nico already had at least one connection to the royal family. He was once in a two-year relationship with Alice Farquhar, who has a sister named Rose. And Rose? She was one of young Prince William’s first girlfriends.
Athletically, Nico seems to be the perfect match for sporty Pippa — according to People, he participated in numerous sports while growing up, including cricket, tennis, and soccer. Sports are a family affair for the Jacksons: His family owns Landau, a ski and sports store, in Folkstone.
Nico may have skiing to thank for nabbing his first meeting with Kate Middleton’s little sister, as Pippa and Nico are rumored to have first laid eyes on one another while on a ski trip. They’ve since hit the slopes together in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where they jetted off to in March 2013.
This globe-trotting pair has traveled together extensively, and they may be getting even more stamps in their passports this year. Besides the trip to Switzerland, they also vacationed in Mustique with the Middleton family — including Kate and William, before Prince George came along. Then there was the much talked about December trip to India, where they stayed at the luxurious Oberoi Amarvilas.
A source for The Daily Mail says they’re looking to travel together even more this year. If it hasn’t already happened, that means there will be plenty of opportunities for a grand proposal. Come on Nico, what are you waiting for?!