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PIPPA Middleton will enjoy a PS3000-a-night honeymoon on a paradise island once owned by Marlon Brando.

The Hollywood legend fell in love with Tetiaroa in the South Pacific while filming 1962 classic Mutiny on the Bounty, and bought it for just PS15,000 in 1966.

He insisted he wanted it to remain unspoiled. And after his death in 2004 it was carefully redeveloped as The Brando, an eco-resort with 35 thatched villas.

Pippa and her groom, super-rich hedge fund manager James Matthews, will jet out from Heathrow this week.

Most of their wedding guests had no idea where they are going. One pal said: "Nobody knew about the honeymoon plans. It was a very closely kept secret, and those who did know didn't mention a thing.

"Just like with the request to post no pictures on Facebook and Instagram, none of their friends and family let them down."

Pippa, 33, and James, 41, are believed to have chosen Tetiaroa after studying several options.

The atoll, part of the Society Islands in French Polynesia, sits 30 miles north of Tahiti and is made up of 12 islets around a stunning turquoise lagoon.

The Pacific Beachcomber Group, who own the resort, say it was developed in line with Brando's vision.

A spokesman said: "The Brando is a pioneering model of sustainable technology, with seawater air-conditioning and renewable energies, without any sacrifice to luxury or comfort.

"The resort is designed to reflect Polynesian lifestyles and culture. Each villa features its own private beach area and plunge pool."

Pippa and James won't have to worry about the bill. They and their families are believed to have spent around PS700,000 on their big day, which included a PS100,000 glass marquee for the lavish reception.

The society wedding of the year took place on Saturday at 12th-century St Mark's Church in Englefield, Berkshire.

Pippa's sister Kate and brothers-in-law princes William and Harry were all there to wish her well, and little Prince George and Princess Charlotte were among the adorable page boys and flower girls.

Guests included Princess Eugenie, tennis superstar Roger Federer and TV personality Donna Air, the girlfriend of Pippa's brother James. Made in Chelsea star Spencer Matthews, the brother of the groom, was best man.

The reception was at Pippa's nearby family home, PS6million Bucklebury Manor.

And the whole day went without a hitch - including the plan to sneak Prince Harry's girlfriend Meghan Markle into the reception.

Harry, 32, slipped away in the afternoon and drove back to London to pick up the 35-year-old Suits actress.

Sources said Meghan was invited to the church too, but after talking it over with Harry she decided she didn't want to do anything to upstage Pippa.

LUXURY Invitation So it was apparently decided among all concerned that Meghan would be smuggled in later.

Now Pippa's big day is out of the way, bookies William Hill believe the coast is clear for besotted Harry to propose to Meghan. They have cut their odds on a 2017 engagement from 3-1 to 2-1. Hills' spokesman Rupert Adams said: "Harry's wild days appear to be behind him and it looks as if he has found the perfect girl to settle down with.

"Megan is used to the limelight and the constant scrutiny would be water off a duck's back."

Hill's are offering 2-1 on Pippa becoming a mum within a year of her wedding. She is 8-1 to appear on Strictly this year, and 25-1 to enter the jungle for I'm A Celebrity.

Caviar for the party cost PS40k PIPPA and James served up PS40,000 worth of caviar at their reception. The 17lbs of high-grade Russian beluga had been a gift.

Guests drank vintage champagne and enjoyed a meal featuring haggis and whisky, in honour of the 10,000-acre estate bought by James's dad Dave in Glen Affric in the Highlands.

Waiters served thousands of canapes including mini haggis, foie gras, langoustine, asparagus, steak and chips and king prawns.

Chefs were on hand to slice serrano ham to order from huge legs, and guests could shave their own Parmesan cheese from a giant wheel.

The wines on offer included a PS75 2010 Blanc de Noir made in Sussex. The band played The White Stripes' Seven Nation Army and Eric Prydz's Call on Me. The guests sang along to a Beatles medley and enjoyed a flypast and aerobatics by a Spitfire, and Roger Federer joined in a table tennis tournament.

Spencer had the room in stitches with his best man's speech.

At the afternoon reception earlier, James paid an emotional tribute to his older brother Michael, who died on Mount Everest when he was 23 after reaching the summit.

kate Looked radiant and effortless in a fluid pale pink dress by "go-to" designer Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, who designed her wedding gown. Teamed the dress with PS450 Gianvito Rossi praline suede court shoes and a pretty tilted rose detail hat.

MUM OF BRIDE Carole Middleton chose the colour of her outfit carefully to match Kate's, and the blush pink coat dress with nipped-in waist and button-down front was by Catherine Walker, a favourite of her daughter's. Carole added a full-brim pink hat and rose mid-heeled shoes.

MUM OF GROOM Jane Matthews also opted for a dress coat, but her mint-green version was longer and parted in the middle to reveal a flash of leg.

She forgot comfort and wore green patent killer heels. She and Carole both looked immaculate but Jane's look was sharper and younger.

EUGENIE In contrast to the rather outlandish outfits she and sister Beatrice wore to William and Kate's wedding, Eugenie played it safe in a PS560 navy open-shoulder cotton dress by Paule Ka. She accessorised with a simple cream hat, a gold clutch and pair of high stilettos.

DONNA AIR Cut a demure figure in a cream A-line midi coat dress with subtle pale yellow accents from the SS17 collection by Emilia Wickstead, a favourite of Kate and Pippa. Paired it with a cream hat by Jane Taylor, a striking pink clutch bag and nude ankle-tie shoes.

Pippa Discreet, modest and a creative tour de force, the bride's lovely lace gown will be talked about for years.

The high-necked dress by Britain's Giles Deacon, with its corseted bodice and heart-shaped cut-out detail at the back, is said to have cost more than PS40,000.

Pippa also wore a bespoke pearl-embroidered veil by Stephen Jones and ivory Manolo Blahnik pumps with bespoke pearl detailing.

The fashion verdict


PARADISE FOUND James and Pippa

PLAYGROUND Private beach at resort

ALL MOD CONS Palatial bathroom in villa

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Date:May 22, 2017
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