Pippa Middleton in her own words (and cricket whites) in Vanity Fair's September issue. Photo: Vanity Fair
Pippa Middleton is back in the spotlight, this time as a cricket commentator.
Kate’s younger sister has penned a first-person piece explaining the “befuddling British game of cricket” to US readers in the September issue of Vanity Fair.
“As a former member of the cricket WAGs (wives and girlfriends of players), I have many happy memories of afternoons spent lying on the grass and hearing the satisfying clunk of leather ball on willow bat,” she writes, reflecting on her 18-month romance with former England all-rounder Alex Loudon.
Pippa Middleton's Ashes preview. Photo: Vanity Fair
She then goes on to explain the rules, in her own, vague way.
“The thing is, you don’t have to understand it to enjoy it.
“In my experience, it’s safer not to pretend to know the rules and just take pleasure in the visual spectacle – not only the men in white flannels (though this does help) but also the ageless trappings and the sense of Englishness about it all,” she muses.
The late Princess Diana graces the cover of the September issue of Vanity Fair. Photo: Vanity Fair
While she may not be Dominick Dunne incarnate, Britain’s most eligible bachelorette does show off her cheeky side.
On her analysis of cricketing uniforms she states, “From Imran Khan to England’s current captain, Alastair Cook, there is a tradition of the sultry cricketer powering in from the boundary or effortlessly gliding a ball to the boundary, tousled hair blowing in the breeze, his whites signifying a purity of action – opps, I almost forgot myself. Better have a cup of tea.”
Interestingly, there is no mention of Shane Warne’s infamous 1997 balcony dance with a stump and cigarette, which took place after the Australian team won the fifth test and reclaimed the Ashes at Trent Bridge.
Thankfully, any reference to “Shurley”, ‘Boldy” and “Bingle” is also absent from Middleton’s most recent essay, titled “Lord’s and a Lady”.
It is the 29-year-old’s second assignment as the magazine’s columnist-at-large.
She previously wrote a Wimbledon preview for the July issue, which, like her 2012 party planning book Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Family and Friends, was widely panned by critics.
“If you’re lucky enough to get Centre Court tickets, never, ever make evening plans. Now there’s a fancy new roof, you could find yourself there until 11pm (the latest time play can finish), and the atmosphere can get pretty intense,” she wrote.
“There’s nothing worse than having to leave Rafael Nadal’s athleticism for a routine pizza with friends.”
Vanity Fair’s September issue is also the annual Style Issue, featuring the International Best Dressed List, where her sister receives a honourable mention.
This particular edition has a distinctive British feel thanks to Ms Middleton’s cricket critique and its cover star – the late Princess Diana.
The image of a relaxed looking Diana, taken by Mario Testino shortly before her death in 1997, accompanies a story regarding her relationship with Pakistani heart surgeon, Hasnat Khan.