Pippa Middleton has been in talks to join the panel of hit ITV show Loose Women, a spokesperson for the program’s production company announced.
In a surprise statement on the renewed lineup for series 21 of the show – due to air in September 2017 – Pippa Middleton was named on the “panellist shortlist” alongside comedienne Lisa Riley and singers Martine McCutcheon and Stacey Solomon. The statement, announced through the show’s production company ITV Studios, said that executive producers had met “several times” with Middleton to discuss “a potential permanent spot at the Loose Women table”
Middleton, 33, is the younger sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. She rose to prominence following her appearance as maid of honour at her sister’s wedding to HRH Prince William in 2011. A presenting role on Loose Women, however, would be her first formal broadcasting job.
Madeleine Cross, a communications and PR associate at ITV Studios, confirmed yesterday afternoon that Pippa “had been into the office a number of times and seems really interested in a new opportunity”.
“She certainly brings a different flavour to the panel – the Royal connection will be very interesting to the show’s viewers,” Cross continued.
The daytime show, which features a panel of four female presenters in discussions about their lives, topical issues, current affairs and celebrity gossip, has consistently been amongst the highest rated daytime television shows in the United Kingdom. The statement said that it hoped Middleton’s new role might, “help to keep our viewers interested as the show enters its 21st season, and help us better and more fully represent a certain rarefied corner of British life.”
“Pippa’s cut glass accent and jet-set friends will certainly shake things up a bit.” said PR representative Cross.
Middleton has neither confirmed nor denied the rumours. Unlike immediate royal family members, members of the extended royal family are permitted to give paid appearances in broadcasting roles. Nevertheless, opportunism of this kind has known to be unpopular with the Queen. In 1997, the monarch publicly condemned the then-estranged Princess Diana for appearing in a US documentary about her married life.
The Royal Household declined to comment on yesterday’s statement.