Beneath the airbrushed images of newlyweds Pippa Middleton and husband James Matthews lies tragedy.
Although we often like to think that royals lead perfect lives; the story of Pippa’s husband James Matthews reminds us that royals are people who experience heartache, just like you or I.
In 1991, James' younger brother Michael Matthews vanished while he was scaling Mount Everest on a trip with friends.
At just 22-years-old, Michael was attempting to become the youngest British-born person to climb Everst. An experienced mountaineer, Matthews became separated from his group when weather conditions became fierce and heavy snow hit the infamous 'Death Zone'. His body was never found.
James’ youngest brother, Made In Chelsea star Spencer Matthews, recently opened up about the tragic incident, explaining:
“James took the news badly. With just a year and a half between them, he and Mike were the closest of friends.”
“The loss was heartbreaking for James," he added.
This article previously appeared on New Idea.