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Pippa Middleton invites brother James' girlfriend Donna Air to her wedding - despite 'no ring, no bring rule'

Mirror logo Mirror 5 days ago Lara Martin

Credits: Getty Images Europe © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Getty Images Europe Pippa Middleton has invited Donna Air to her wedding despite that unconfirmed ‘no ring, no bring’ rule that’s been floating around for weeks.

The bride to be, 33, is believed to have extended an invitation to TV presenter Donna, who has been dating Pippa’s brother James on and off for the past four years.

A source said: “James and Donna’s relationship hasn’t been plain sailing, but things are good at the moment and Pippa wouldn’t want to upset her brother.”

The insider added to The Sun : “They’re very close, and Donna is well-liked amongst their friends and family.”

Donna and James with Pippa in 2015 (Photo: Getty Images Europe) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Donna and James with Pippa in 2015 (Photo: Getty Images Europe) James, 30, is the only brother of Pippa and sister Kate, 35, the Duchess of Cambridge , who will attend the wedding with husband Prince William and their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

He got back together with Donna last year following a brief four-month split.

In November, James gave a rare interview in which he spoke movingly about his love for both Donna and her child.

“We are thinking about where we are going next,” he told Daily Mail .

“I love Donna very much and Freya is very much part of Donna, and I love them both equally. It’s not ‘Donna’ and ‘Oh, she has a child. That’s not how I’ve ever seen it.”

James and Donna looking loved-up (Photo: PA) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc James and Donna looking loved-up (Photo: PA) As for a proposal to Donna in the future, he said: “Marriage is absolutely not something I’m scared of [but it] isn’t necessarily the be all and end all.”

“She makes me very happy [and] I think I make her very happy,” he added. “I want children. I’ve said that before. I will have children, but you’ll have to wait.”

Donna, meanwhile, has also spoken about wanting more kids, saying in a separate interview with Daily Mail last year: “I’m open to more children the same way I’m open to most things.

"I have no set life plan, it can take you in all sorts of directions.”

Prince Harry's girlfriend Meghan Markle also has an invite (Photo: Getty) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Prince Harry's girlfriend Meghan Markle also has an invite (Photo: Getty) Another exception to the rumoured 'no ring, no bring' rule is Prince Harry's actress girlfriend Meghan Markle , who arrived in the UK this week.

Meghan, best known for her role as Rachel Zane in legal drama Suits, began dating Harry last year after they met while he was in Canada to promote his Invictus Games.

She's based in Canada during filming of her US show.

Pippa was a bridesmaid at Kate's wedding in 2010 © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Pippa was a bridesmaid at Kate's wedding in 2010 While Donna and Meghan may have got an invite, one girlfriend who won't be in attendance at the wedding is Vogue Williams, who is dating groom James Matthews ' brother Spencer.

Model, DJ and TV presenter Vogue was first linked to Made In Chelsea's Spencer Matthews in December, after they met while filming Channel 4 winter sports show The Jump.

They confirmed their romance in April.

Credits: spencermatthews/Instagram © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: spencermatthews/Instagram

An unconfirmed source told The Sun in April: "Pippa’s view is that it wouldn’t be appropriate for her to be there after a few months of dating. But some are shocked because her future brother-in-law will end up attending on his own."

But a friend of Vogue's hit back by saying: "She is working on the wedding day. It’s a job that has been booked in for ages."

Vogue herself confirmed that was the case with a rep saying: “Vogue has a prior engagement in her diary on the date of the wedding, but wishes Pippa and James all the best on their special day."

The wedding will take place this weekend (Photo: WireImage) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc The wedding will take place this weekend (Photo: WireImage) Pippa and James confirmed their engagement in July 2016 after James proposed during a trip to the Lake District.

Their wedding service takes place inside St. Mark's Church, which is based within a private estate in Englefield, Berkshire, before guests retreat to the Middleton family home for the reception.

An enormous £100,000 glass marquee has been erected in the back garden of Carole and Michael Middleton's home, where hundreds of guests will toast to the newlyweds.

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