Pippa Middleton and Alex Loudon: Broken Up For Real!

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It looks like Pippa Middleton is now the UK's most eligible bachelorette.

Duchess Catherine's younger sister, who became the planet's best-known bridesmaid in April, has reportedly split with Alex Loudon, her longtime boyfriend.

Kate Middleton has been consoling her kid sister after the breakup with Loudon, a former professional cricket player and current London financial manger.

He and Pippa Middleton are said to have split up this month after a series of arguments - and lingering tension over her celebrity / sex symbol status.

Pippa Middleton and Alex Loudon Picture

A source told The Sun (UK) that Pippa, who spent last weekend with William and Kate, was trying to get over the split: "This time it's over. They are barely speaking."

People close to them said the attention focused on Pippa got to Alex.

The source revealed: "It was said after the royal wedding that Alex was jealous of Pippa flirting with Prince Harry. But the truth is she and Harry are just mates."

Other friends claimed the couple's increasing bust-ups, including a huge public one in September, stemmed Loudon not being able to cope with Pip's celebrity.

In any case, Pippa, who works at her family's event planning company Party Pieces, and is said to be close to a book deal, is in no rush to find a new fella.

But when she is, a friend of hers tells the tabloid: "She's always gone for sporty guys. Whoever is lucky enough to win her affections will have to be athletic."

Better start working out, fellas.

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