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The morning after she so memorably sashayed through Westminster Abbey clad in a cream silk dress that showcased her famous derrière, the world seemed to be Pippa Middletons oyster.Not only had the Duchess of Cambridges younger sister come dangerously close to upstaging her older sibling, her obvious lust for life and ever-ready smile swiftly won her admirers from across the social spectrum.But almost four years on from the Royal Wedding of April 2011, things are looking very different for 31-year-old Miss Middleton.Scroll down for video 
Nothing to celebrate: Pippa Middleton has reportedly failed to agree a deal with broadcaster NBC
Panned: Pippas party guide Celebrate! failed to wow the critics – or the book-buying publicHer party book Celebrate!, launched with much fanfare in October 2012, bombed, with its author ridiculed for her penchant for stating the obvious and her breathless prose.Writing in the Daily Mail at the time, reviewer Jan Moir pointed to her less than original ideas (pumpkins at Halloween anyone?) and her lack of any obvious qualifications beyond penning the blog on her parents Party Pieces website.From the moment she appeared in butter satin at her sister’s wedding, Pippa has struck absolutely no one as the kind of girl you would always find in the kitchen at parties, continued Moir.And would she really have gained a lucrative publishing contract to write about something she calls simple, creative entertaining if her sister were not married to a member of the Royal Family?It wasnt the first time that the question had been asked and it certainly wouldnt the last.Next came news of a column for Waitrose Kitchen, which launched in April 2013 although not before a storm of criticism had broken over both magazine and writers heads.Established chefs were appalled that a woman with no obvious cooking experience had been hired and accused Waitrose of publicity seeking, while Pippa was once again charged with capitalising on her royal connections.At the time, editor William Sitwell hit back, arguing that Pippa will be an excellent contributor to the magazine, bringing with her a wealth of experience of entertaining, gained in part from working at her familys party business.
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Critics disagreed and pointed to the 31-year-olds lack of kitchen experience and talent for stating the obvious, with lines such as Regardless of how tired I might be, the moment Friday lunchtime arrives I get that contagious pre-weekend excitement widely mocked.Nevertheless, the Pippa bandwagon rolled on, with the Duchess of Cambridges sister adding a Telegraph column and the role of contributing editor at Vanity Fair to her CV.Then it all began to go wrong. First, in March 2013, she was dropped by her literary agent David Godwin who had helped her launch Celebrate!
Pippa Middleton goes dancing while filming for NBC in US
Royal relations: Pippa, left, at the 2011 Royal Wedding and right, at the 2013 christening of Prince GeorgeSpeaking after the news broke, he said: I am very sorry it has happened, but yes, it is true: I no longer represent Pippa and I wish her every good luck.Then, with lacklustre sales uppermost in publishers minds, plans for a follow up to Celebrate! were quietly shelved.In January 2014, her US publisher Viking dropped her altogether having sold just 18,000 copies of the book, with a source telling the Sunday Times that Pippas Celebrate sales are nothing to celebrate.She was a superstar after the wedding, and everybody thought it would be a success. Even Sarah Ferguson sold more books when she started her writing career.Just six months later, in June last year, her Telegraph column, only six articles old, was axed after the paper discovered that its readers just werent into it.A source, speaking at the time, added: There was a lot of negative mail coming in after each column and there were too many off-limit subjects for her. They ran out of ideas.Her Vanity Fair column, meanwhile, was laughed at, with the 31-year-old once again accused of trading on her royal connections and of stating the obvious.
Passion: Pippas most recent column for Vanity Fair focused on the best places to ski
Problems: Brother James, seen at the Invictus Games, has also been accused of trading on his royal relationsOne particularly memorable line in a piece on Royal Ascot written in June 2014 read: Car Park 7 (which is reserved for Royal Enclosure members) is also a lovely spot to soak up the atmosphere and watch people, their hats, and general activity pass by.Her most recent column focused on where to ski, with Courchevel, St. Moritz and royal favourite Verbier all coming highly recommended.But while Pippas foray into travel writing went relatively smoothly, her attempt to move into TV is apparently over before it even began.Wooed by US broadcaster NBC after an interview conducted by host Matt Lauer proved a ratings winner, attempts to turn her brand of Middleton magic into something more substantial hit the buffers when she apparently failed to convince in pilot scenes.According to reports over the weekend, talks over a £400,000 contract have stalled with sources describing a scene featuring Wild West dancing as cringe-worthy.Not that you would know it from her December 2014 column for the Spectator. Excitedly describing her visit to Wyoming, Pippa gushed about her experience of line-dancing and talked of the stunning mountain scenery.
Not convincing: Pippa was a ratings hit when she appeared on NBC but contract talks have stalledWyoming is real cowboy country, she continued. Everyone wore cowboy boots and the men had big, non-ironic moustaches that curled upwards.Not one to claim the laurels undeserved, she cheerfully admitted to being less than brilliant and worried she might have scuppered her chances of appearing on Strictly Come Dancing.It’s easy to get carried away with the whole free-riding atmosphere. My dance partner was about 80, and I did my best to keep up, she continued.But it turns out I have two left feet, at least as far as moving to rhythm is concerned. NBC apparently agreed.And yet, sources say that the breakdown of talks isnt only because of Pippas two left feet. Indeed, as the more charitably minded have pointed out, she has plenty going for her in the UK – a factor that has made her reluctant to relocate to New York.That she is so attached to London has more than a little to do with the increasingly busy role she has taken on at the British Heart Foundation, a charity which she has long championed.
Pippa Middleton cuts an elegant figure in classy red dress
Taking priority: Pippa has taken on an increasingly busy role at the British Heart Foundation
Love: Boyfriend Nico lives in Geneva and friends say Pippa was reluctant to put more distance between themThen theres boyfriend Nico Jackson, 36, who has been part of her life since 2012, but lives in Geneva – friends say she was reluctant to make the distance between them even larger.More reasons to stay include her job editing The Party Times, the online magazine belonging to her parents company Party Pieces, and her continuing work for the Spectator and Waitrose Kitchen.Next month, Pippa will become an aunt for the second time when her sister gives birth to a brother or sister for Prince George.In June, she has another big engagement coming up, leading the London to Brighton charity bike ride as part of her work for the British Heart Foundation.Indeed, it seems theres no shortage of things to keep Pippa, whose company recently posted a healthy £220,000 profit, busy.She might have lost a column and a £400,000 deal with NBC but while she is no longer the fresh-faced ingenue who burst onto the scene so memorably in 2011, the younger Middleton sister clearly isnt beaten yet.


The Raheem Sterling contract situation at Liverpool is coming to the boil, after the latest snub from the player’s representatives, and an indication that talks won’t resume until the summer.Brendan Rodgers says he’s relaxed but I find that hard to believe. He won’t want to lose Sterling, a talent that he can rightly be proud of, and justifiably claim he has helped turn into a star quality player. But I can’t understand why Liverpool have consistently put the message out that there will not be a problem with the Sterling situation. The outcome of that policy is that Sterling looks greedy – why do the football club want to make one of their star players look bad in the eyes of the supporters?
Raheem Sterlings contract situation at Liverpool is unlikely to be resolved until the summer
Sterling and his representatives are understood to have knocked back the latest £100,000-a-week offer MORE FROM ADRIAN DURHAM  Chelsea look knackered… Jose Mourinho must start putting his faith in youth or hell blow the Premier LeagueIf you view Wayne Rooney as anything other than a fantastic player then you have no passion for football  So now there is a situation locally with fans and the press are questioning his representatives, with the Liverpool Echo declaring this week that Sterling ‘needs to ask who is looking after his best interests.’The answer to that question is simple. In football terms, Liverpool have looked after him. In the same way QPR looked after him before he was snapped up by the Reds, and in the same way Real Madrid might look after him if they choose to pay big money.Liverpool Football Club can’t expect too much loyalty from a player who was happy to leave QPR after seven years at Loftus Road. What goes around comes around, I guess.In financial terms – his agent is looking after his best interests, obviously. He’s got a family, he wants to set himself up comfortably for the rest of his life, and I can’t think of a reason why a player shouldn’t be allowed to do that.Previous
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