Pippa Middleton’s father-in-law, David Matthews, has been indicted in France on charges of raping a minor, reports Agent France Presse. The alleged incident took place in France in 1998 and 1999. A source told the agency that a complaint against David Matthews in the case was first filed in 2017. The 1998 allegation occurred on the Caribbean island of St. Bart’s, where Matthew’s owns the Edin Rock Hotel, which is regularly frequented by celebrities. The 1999 incident allegedly occurred in Paris.
David Matthews is the father of James Matthews, the former racing driver, who married Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton’s sister, Pippa, in May 2017 in Berkshire.
The AFP reports that Matthews was first questioned in the case on March 27. Matthews was arrested at Paris Orly Airport by French authorities, according to the Sun. He has denied all of the allegations against him. The agency goes on to refer to the allegation as “rape of a minor by a person with authority over the victim.” The case is being investigated by the Juvenile Protection Unit in France.
Matthews has owned the Edin Rock hotel since 1995 when he cashed in on his successful career as a car salesman. An Elle Magazine feature on the family describes Matthews has being a native of the English town of Rotherham who began his working life as a mechanic before becoming a car salesman.
Thanks to the lands that he owns, the Glen Affric Estate in Scotland, Matthews has the title of Laird of Glen Affric. If and when James Matthews inherits the estate from his parents, Pippa Middleton will become the Lady of Glen Affric.
Matthews is also the father of Spencer Matthews, the British reality star of Made in Chelsea. Spencer Matthews is expecting his first child with Irish model Vogue Williams.