James Middleton has confirmed his engagement to Alizee Thevenet with an adorable picture on Instagram.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s brother, 32, proposed to French girlfriend Alizee, 30, privately with a sapphire ring.
James shared a beaming picture with Alizee snuggled into his arms, revealing a large sapphire ring on her left hand.
Announcing the engagement to his 142k followers on Instagram, he posted several heart emojis, alongside the words: ‘She said OUI. Our secret is out but we couldn’t be happier to share the news.’
James Middleton, 32, has announced his engagement to girlfriend Alizee Thevenet with an Instagram post
James announced his engagement to his girlfriend with the note ‘She said oui’ and hashtagged his post #jalizee
The couple have been dating for around 15 months now, and the pair were first spotted together at a Middleton family holiday in St. Bart’s over Christmas.
James tagged the post in the Lake District, suggesting he proposed in the countryside in North West England.
As well as the snap, James shared an Instagram story with several pictures of the happy couple, accompanied by the song ‘Sexy Weekender’ by Scoundrel.
The song’s lyrics ‘a sexy weekend or I’ll be your man. We’ll run through the coast, yeah we’re gonna play in the sand’ could be heard while images of the couple flashed up.
James shared a short video of he and Alizee taking a dip in the sea, alongside the words ‘I asked @Alizeethevenet a question the other day
Kate’s brother shared a short video on his Instagram story as he and his new fiance shared a kiss underwater
James shared a short video of the couple swimming in the sea with a yacht in the background alongside the words: ‘I asked @alizeethevenet a question the other day…’
He then posted a handful of snaps of the happy outdoorsy pair could be seen cuddling in a variety of settings.
In one of the snaps, the couple can be seen in bee-keeping outfits, while in another James can be seen shirtless while Alizee laughs.
Mr Middleton’s choice of ring may have been inspired by the sapphire engagement one worn by sister Kate, which Prince William inherited from Princess Diana.
In one snap, the outdoorsy couple can be seen enjoying the mountains in the sunshine
He went on to share several snaps of the couple appearing to enjoy activities including bee keeping
Well-wishers were quick to flood James’ Instagram, rushing to his page to send the happy couple their congratulations.
One wrote: ‘Congratulations on your engagement and many blessings upon your future life together! Love, happiness and light shine upon you!’
Another commented: ‘Congratulations! I’m so happy for you both! You are the sweetest couple.’
‘Lovely pic and lovely news,’ another added, ‘Congratulations to you both.’
Friends, including Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Cressida Bonas, as well as fans rushed to wish the happy couple congratulations on their engagement
Among those to send their best wishers were Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, who recently announced his own engagement to Princess Beatrice.
He wrote: ‘Adorable – congrates guys!’
Meanwhile, Prince Harry’s former girlfriend Cressida Bonas also left her well wishers, writing: ‘Congratulations!!’
Last month it was revealed the couple had moved in together in West London.
A timeline of James and Alizee’s romance
July 2018 – The couple are believed to have met when Alizee stopped to say hello to one of James’ dogs while at South Kensington Club
December 2018 – James and Alizee are seen together at Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund’s Christmas Carol Service at St. Luke’s Church.
January 2019 – Alizee was first spotted with James while she holidayed with his sister Pippa and brother-in-law James Matthews in St. Barts
7 May 2019 – James shares his first snap with Alizee on Instagram, where the couple wear matching orange jumpers. He wrote: ‘Sail Away With Me’
May 2019 – Alizee accompanies James to Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston’s wedding in Windsor alongside the Middleton family
July 2019 – Alizee joined James, sister Pippa and mother Carole Middleton in the Royal Box to watch the Wimbledon final
September 2019 – The couple move in together at James’ West London pad
5 October 2019 – Reports emerge that the couple are engaged, with James proposing in private to his beau
6 October 2019 – James announces the news on Instagram, writing: ‘She said Oui’
A friend said at the time: ‘He seems finally to have found “The One”.’
The entrepreneur, who runs personalised greeting card company Boomf, met the 30-year-old City worker last year.
A friend revealed Miss Thevenet did not know who Mr Middleton was when they started talking at the South Kensington Club after she said hello to his Cocker Spaniel Ella.
The source said at the time: ‘After Alizee went back to her table, James asked the waiter to give her a note saying: “I never normally do this, but would you like to go for a drink with me?” He also picked up their tab. A few weeks later, they went out for a drink together.
In another of the snaps, the couple can be seen beaming while enjoying a coastal view in the sunshine
James shared a handful of photographs alongside his beau, who he is believed to have been dating for 15 months
In one picture, a windswept James and Alizee can be seen laughing in the sunshine on another adventure
James shared the adorable snap with his 142k Instagram followers, with Alizee revealed her stunning sapphire ring
‘It wasn’t until after they’d met for a drink that Alizee realised who he was — one of her friends had to tell her. They met thanks to Ella.’
James Middleton and Alizee Thevenet attend the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Mr Thomas Kingston at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 18
The couple were spotted kissing during his New Year family getaway to the Caribbean island of St Barts in January.
According to Miss Thevenet’s father, Jean-Gabriel Thevenet, she was won over by Mr Middleton’s British charm and is ‘deliriously happy’ with the businessman.
He also revealed her unusual name takes after a tropical wind known in French as the Alize.
He added: ‘My daughter is named after my first love which is wind-surfing and the Alize wind that fills the sails.’
Miss Thevenet is a keen skier who speaks four languages, helped by growing up in Chile, Indonesia and Belgium.
She moved to Britain six years ago and has a masters degree in investment and finance from Queen Mary University of London.
Earlier this summer, the couple were attended the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston at St George’s Chapel alongside James’ parents and sister Pippa Middleton.
Mr Middleton split up with his former girlfriend – actress Donna Air – at the beginning of 2018 after a five-year romance.
The couple declined to comment.
James Middleton is to wed his French girlfriend, Alizee Thevenet. The couple were first spotted kissing during his New Year family getaway to the Caribbean island of St Barts in January
Pictured, together in May. James Middleton posted this photograph with Miss Thevenet on his Instagram page earlier this year, writing ‘Sail away with me’