The Scottish Mail on Sunday

Is Pippa EVER com­ing home? 27,500 MILES £120,000 21 DAYS...

Now she jets to Swe­den for friend’s wed­ding as epic hon­ey­moon goes on ... and on

- By Nick Craven

IT’S al­ready been an epic trip. And yes­ter­day, Pippa Mid­dle­ton’s marathon 21-day hon­ey­moon con­tin­ued when she and new hus­band James Matthews un­ex­pect­edly sur­faced in Stock­holm.

They strolled in the Swedish cap­i­tal be­fore at­tend­ing the wed­ding of one of Pippa’s old friends.

The Scan­di­na­vian trip means the new­ly­weds have so far cov­ered 27,500 miles on their grand tour and it has cost them £120,000 – 40 times the av­er­age Bri­tish hon­ey­moon of £3,000, but a snip for Pippa’s multi-mil­lion­aire hus­band.

Hedge-fund man­ager James, 41, has deep pock­ets and seems to have in­dulged his 33-year-old new bride’s every whim af­ter their £1.2 mil­lion wed­ding on May 20.

The hon­ey­moon be­gan last month with a 5,000-mile flight from Lon­don to Los Angeles.

From there it was another 4,200 miles via Tahiti to the pri­vate French Poly­ne­sian atoll of Te­tiaroa for a stay at the £5,000-a-night Brando re­sort (re­port­edly dis­counted from £8,000).

A 2,500-mile flight took them to New Zealand be­fore a 1,300-mile ‘hop’ over to Syd­ney.

The cou­ple were spot­ted in some of the city’s most ex­clu­sive restau­rants, and hired a sea­plane to see the sights. They even donned over­alls to climb Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge to see the sun­set.

Fur­ther Aussie so­journs fol­lowed in Dar­win (2,000 miles) and Perth (1,650 miles), where Pippa told re­porters she was hav­ing a ‘won­der­ful time’ so far. At every turn, she seemed to be sport­ing a dif­fer­ent de­signer out­fit, with at least three dif­fer­ent biki­nis alone cost­ing £600, on dis­play.

The cou­ple’s jour­ney from Perth to Stock­holm meant a flight of 8,500 miles to see Pippa’s pal, en­tre­pre­neur Jons Barthold­son, marry Anna Rid­der­stad. Jons has been a friend of Pippa’s for years and in 2015 they com­pleted a gru­elling 50-mile run­ning and swim­ming en­durance race to­gether to cel­e­brate her 32nd birthday.

There’s still one more stop on the itin­er­ary be­fore Pippa and James fi­nally come in to land – a visit to the Glen Af­fric es­tate in In­ver­ness-shire which is owned by the Matthews fam­ily.

It is be­lieved the cou­ple will fly the 900 miles from Stock­holm to Lon­don to pick up a pri­vate jet for the 80-minute 450-mile hop to In­ver­ness.

Af­ter re­turn­ing to Lon­don, it will be back to Pippa’s daily grind of ten­nis, lunches and watch­ing polo. And no doubt she’ll be keen to start plan­ning her sum­mer hol­i­days…

‘James has in­dulged his new bride’s every whim’

 ??  ?? GLOBE TROT­TER: The Pa­cific par­adise of Te­tiaroa and, below, Pippa in Syd­ney BEAM­ING FOR THE CAM­ERA: Pippa and James at her friend’s Stock­holm wed­ding and, left, their route so far
GLOBE TROT­TER: The Pa­cific par­adise of Te­tiaroa and, below, Pippa in Syd­ney BEAM­ING FOR THE CAM­ERA: Pippa and James at her friend’s Stock­holm wed­ding and, left, their route so far
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