Pippa Middleton opens up about her engagement to James Matthews, ‘Heartfelt,’ her new cookbook and more in her first ever major interview. The sister of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge also addresses the public perception of her as a “socialite” and seeks to set the record straight.

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The 33-year-old Pippa Middleton has been in the news constantly for years — and a favorite target for paparazzi. It was back in 2010 that she rose to fame inadvertently thanks to the internationally televised royal wedding of her sister Kate Middleton and Prince William. Yes, it’s been that long ago that photos and video of her — holding the train of her sister’s wedding gown — in her figure-hugging bridesmaid dress went viral and she became celebrated — much like Kim Kardashian — for her derriere.

In all these years this marks her first ever major, in depth interview. And, not surprisingly, one of the topics she takes up is her image and, yes, that sudden rise to notoriety. She tells the UK Daily Mail, ““I have had a few years of being in the public eye and I have developed something of a thick skin.”

She goes on to say, “But managing it all on my own has been quite hard. I have quite a lot thrown at me, such as being followed by people hiding behind cars and jumping out with cameras. It can be unnerving.”

She went on to reveal that for her fiance, 44-year-old multimillionaire British financier James Matthew, this incessant downside of fame has been “a real eye-opener.” Elaborating, she said, “There have been quite a few hurdles to negotiate. I guess it’s become the new normal for us.”

She spoke of the impact it’s had upon her, adding, “I try not to be too sensitive about things because it’s just a bit of life I have to deal with. But I would be lying if I said it didn’t affect me.”

She said of their life together, ““I think James and I have the same spirit. We are both competitive. We have had many adventures together. We have a lot in common and that helps. I don’t think it would work with a couch potato…I think we do exhaust most people.”

She was also outspoken about her image, eager to correct the record. Making reference to her work as a columnist for two publications and her work for numerous charities, she said, “I work very hard. I’m true to my values. I just try to live a normal life like many of my friends.”

She went on to say, “People see me as someone privileged who has used my position to advantage; that I don’t really work, that I am a socialite – that word really irritates me – and that I’m a party girl without any substance.”

And towards that end, her new cookbook, ‘Heartfelt’ which includes a variety of recipes, all of which are intended to be heart healthy and were vetted by the British Heart Foundation to which the proceeds will benefit. Along with it being a worthy cause, she has a personal connection as she lost a friend to heart disease, Miles Frost, who was only 31 years old. She called the death a “shock” noting that he had been “very healthy, very active” and had participated in numerous sports including marathons.

As for the recipes she said, “I would like to say I have made every single one, but I have definitely done a good 80 per cent of them. I made a lot of the dishes at home.”

There’s much more to the interview and you can see it here as Pippa Middleton breaks her silence on many topics and gives the public a window into her world, in her own words. Photos below!