Pippa Middleton joins Eden Rock hedge fund CEO husband James Matthews in Texas to support his Williams Racing team at the US Grand Prix – after ‘applying for an exemption to Covid-19 travel restrictions’
The Duchess of Cambridge‘s 38-year-old sister and her hedge fund manager husband, 46, were spotted trackside on October 22 at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, ahead of the race on October 24.
James, a former Formula 3 racing driver and CEO of investment firm Eden Rock, was appointed to the board of British F1 racing team Williams Racing in September last year and was on hand to cheer on drivers Nicholas Latifi and George Russell.
The couple travelled to the US despite most British nationals being banned from entering due to Covid-19 restrictions. Restrictions will be lifted on November 8.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s 38-year-old sister and her hedge fund manager husband were spotted trackside on October 22 at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, ahead of the race on October 24. The couple appeared in good spirits as they spoke to guests
Pippa, who shares children Arthur and Grace with James, looked chic for the outing in a striped nautical-inspired dress by Kate Spade. She wore her hair loose around her shoulders
There are a number of exemptions, including holders of an NIE, or National Interest Exemption, which allows allow travel to the US for certain groups including students, academics and healthcare professionals.
It is also available to ‘others whose travel is in the U.S. national interest for vital support to critical infrastructure, significant economic activity, or national security’.
It is possible the couple were able to apply for an exemption in some sort of business capacity.
Pippa, who shares children Arthur and Grace with James, looked chic for the outing in a striped nautical-inspired dress by Kate Spade.
The summery frock features loose sleeves and a flattering A-line shape.
Typically understated, Pippa kept her hair and makeup simple, wearing her brown locks loose around her shoulders and just a touch of eye makeup.
James, CEO of Eden Roc hedge fund, was given a personalised Williams Racing shirt and his own headset emblazoned with ‘JM’.
Other VIPs at the event included Megan Thee Stallion, and Geri Horner and her husband
The couple, who keep a low public profile, appeared in good spirits as they chatted to guests.
Other VIPs at the event included Megan Thee Stallion, and Geri Horner and her husband.
James was announced as one of three new board members of Williams Racing in September 2020, following the acquisition of the business by New York-based private investment company Dorilton Capital.
Winner Max Verstappen (centre) celebrates with second place Lewis Hamilton (left) and third place Sergio Perez (right), after the US Formula One on October 24
Dorilton chairman Matthew Savage and co-founder Darren Fultz share command.
The news came as the Williams family’s connection ended after more than 40 years with the resignation of de facto team principal Claire Williams, daughter of the legendary Sir Frank Williams, who has acted as the de facto boss of the British team since 2013.
Sir Frank created the Williams Racing team in 1977 and led to 16 world titles through such drivers as Nelson Piquet, Nigel Mansell and Damon Hill.