Various claims surfaced last week that Duchess Catherine’s younger sister and the heir to the Duke of Northumberland – who dated in their final year at Edinburgh University in 2008 – have rekindled their romance. A source close to Pippa insists the 28-year-old socialite and George – whose family own Alnwick Castle which was used as Hogwarts in the ‘Harry Potter’ films – are just good friends.
They told US Weekly: “They have always just been friends. I don’t know how this particular rumour got so out of control. Both of them say they are friends and I’ve not heard or seen anything to suggest otherwise.”
George – who was reported to be “completely in love” with Pippa – offered her a shoulder to cry on following the demise of her 18-month relationship with ex-cricketer Alex Loudon in November. Contrary to speculation, their present relationship is said to be purely platonic, a source said: “I couldn’t imagine them together. Their friendship is more like brother and sister.”