KATE MIDDLETON’s sister Pippa was so irritated when Boris Johnson claimed his family were more competitive than the Middletons that she challenged him to a table tennis match to settle the debate, unearthed reports reveal.
Boris Johnson won the Conservative Party leadership race yesterday and is expected to head to Downing Street later today as he takes over from Theresa May to become Prime Minister. Once in Number 10, Mr Johnson will announce a clutch of senior cabinet posts, including Chancellor of the Exchequer and Home Secretary. Whitehall source told BBC his top team will reflect “modern Britain” after the former Mayor of London comfortably defeated Jeremy Hunt in the Tory leadership race on Tuesday, gaining a 66.4 percent total share of the vote.
Despite having a history of political gaffes and blunders, his eight years as London Mayor and his election as Prime Minister have proved Mr Johnson can knuckle down to a serious job and face difficult challenges.
During his time in City Hall, Mr Johnson accepted one challenge in particular, which sparked a lot of media attention as it came from the future Queen’s sister, Pippa Middleton.
In a diary piece for The Spectator magazine in 2013, Ms Middleton threw down the gauntlet to Mr Johnson.
Noting that she had heard the Johnson family were more competitive than the Middletons, she challenged Mr Johnson to a table tennis match to settle the debate.
She wrote: “I’m informed that Boris Johnson, former editor of this magazine, wants to be ‘whiff-whaff’ world king even more than he wants to be Prime Minister.
“I’m also told the Johnsons are almost as competitive as the Middletons.
“So I’d like to lay down a challenge to the mayor … Bring it on, Boris.”
Mr Johnson immediate took to Twitter to accept the challenge, and declared: “I am game if she is!
“Happy for Pippa to join me on a visit and see the benefits of our £22m Sports Legacy Fund in action.”
The Spectator’s gossip columnist later tweeted: “Boris V Pippa. It’s on.
“Pol Roger will be served. And Pippa says she ‘sensed some nerves’ in Boris’s reply – game on.”
Despite the media buzz, the match never took place.