Pippa Middleton’s party planning book may have been something of a flop, but that’s not stopping her from putting pen to paper (well, more likely fingers to keyboard) again: She’s just been named Vanity Fair’s newest contributing editor.
What exactly will Pippa be covering? Well… Britain, it seems, starting with the fast-approaching Wimbledon tennis championships. Says VF editor Graydon Carter, “We’re delighted to have Pippa as a contributor to Vanity Fair. She’s a keen observer of classic British pastimes. She is also an avid sportswoman, and we look forward to her take on traditional English pursuits, beginning with Wimbledon.” I don’t know about you Bettys, but with the exception of the mention of Wimbledon, I can’t help but think that this all sounds a iny bit vague. “Classic British pastimes?” “Traditional English pursuits?” Will she also be writing about cricket and high tea?
Pippa’s full column is only available in the magazine itself, and alas, I don’t subscribed to the print mag; according to the little preview available online, though, her first dispatch features tips for watching Wimbledon, which “easy on the eyes” players to look out for, and some highlights from her own tennis-going experiences. An excerpt:
“I first went to Wimbledon when I was eight years old and already a very keen tennis player. During this first trip I acted on my childish tennis dreams and bought myself a postcard of the women’s championship trophy, on which I wrote, ‘I will win this one day,’ with my signature below.”
She also apparently once told the whole Middleton family when she was a kid, “If I had to get married, it would be in my tennis whites—shorts with no pleats or frills.” Cute.
To finish, the column includes a Q&A with Swiss tennis champ Roger Federer, so in case you’ve ever been curious about what Rog has for breakfast, Pippa can tell you.
Wimbledon kicks off on June 24, but we’re going to have to wait until it’s over to find out what other “classic British pastimes” Pippa will be writing about. Grab the July issue of Vanity Fair to read Pippa’s column, “Splendor on the Grass,” in full.
Tell us: Yea or nay on Pippa writing for VF?
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.