James Middleton, 32, younger brother to the Duchess of Cambridge, is engaged to his French girlfriend, Alizee Thevenet.
The news was confirmed yesterday through an Instagram post shared by James to his 151,000 followers.
The couple’s happy news was first revealed by Daily Mail reporter Richard Eden on Saturday after he spoke with one of James and Alizee’s friends.
“She said OUI,” read the caption. “Our secret is out but we couldn’t be happier to share the news”.
“I can reveal that James is to wed his French girlfriend, Alizee Thevenet,” Richard wrote, adding that the bride-to-be has been spotted wearing a “beautiful sapphire sparkler”.
According to his source, the private pair have been keeping their engagement secret, but plan to “formally announce” it next week.
James and Alizee’s whirlwind romance
James gave us a glimpse into his ultra-private personal life when he quietly made his Instagram public earlier this year.
Since then, the handsome entrepreneur has treated us to adorable pics of his beloved pooches – Ella, Zulu, Inka, Luna and Mabel – but not much else.
He surprised everyone in July by including someone extra-special in his latest post: his new girlfriend Alizee Thevenet.
Alizee, a French financial analyst, is pictured laughing in a red bikini as the self-professed “dog dad’s” golden retriever Mabel leaps into a swimming pool.
A clearly smitten James – who broke up with his girlfriend of five years, Donna Air, in early 2018 – included the caption, “caption this.”
The blonde beauty first popped up in James’ page back in May, and it looks like things have been getting pretty serious since then.
The couple has reportedly dating for a year, having met in a bar in London mid last year, according to Mail Online.
Last month, Richard Eden revealed that James and Alizee had moved in together in West London.
Stepping out together
The cute couple were first spotted together when they went to the Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund’s Christmas Carol Service in 2018.
James brought Alizee along on a Middleton family holiday to St. Barts, along with his sister Pippa and her husband James Matthews.
The pair made their official public debut at Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston’s wedding in May at St George’s Chapel, Windsor.
Alizee looked chic in an affordable H&M wrap dress, while her beau wore a traditional morning suit.
More recently, the happy couple were spotted walking hand-in-hand at Wimbledon, where they watched the action alongside Pippa and Carole Middleton.
Who is Alizee Thevenet?
Alizee’s father, Jean-Gabriel Thevenet, told the newspaper that his daughter speaks multiple languages which she may have picked up while living in countries including Chile, Indonesia and Belgium while growing up.
She has been living and working in London for around six years, and, according to Town & Country, holds a Master’s degree in Investment and Finance from Queen Mary University of London.
Alizee is reportedly an avid skier, which is a perfect match for adventurous outdoorsman James.