Pippa Middleton reveals crush on 'undeniably fanciable' master
Oh, Mister Markham! Kate Middleton's sister recalls hockey teacher in 'confessions of sporty schoolgirl'
PIPPA MIDDLETON has put her old hockey master at Marlborough College on the spot by disclosing that she found him "undeniably fanciable" - just as he is starting work as headmaster of another private school.
The sister of the Duchess of Cambridge mentioned her crush on Richard Markham in an article for an independent schools supplement put out by The Spectator.
Markham, who taught Pippa and Kate Middleton history as well as taking hockey, is now 41 and begins work this week as headmaster of £14,379-per-year Hockerill Anglo-European College in Bishop's Stortford.
As the Daily Telegraph reports, "his attempts to impose himself on the pupils are unlikely to be helped by the recollections of his former charge".
Pippa, whose forays into journalism include articles for Vanity Fair and Waitrose Kitchen magazine, wrote her Spectator piece under the headline: 'Confessions of a sporty schoolgirl'.
She describes running in a cross-country race wearing "tiny athletic shorts" and "caked in mud from head to toe". On the netball court, she admits to having used her "derriere for defence" because "my 'chest' hadn't developed back then".
The worst "horror" of school sports, she says, was the swimming gala, where "everyone had to walk around sheepishly in tight Speedo bathing suits and streamlined swimming caps" and endured "awkward communal showers" afterwards.
But memories of the hockey field dominate. "When I close my eyes and think about school sports, I envisage myself on the hockey pitch, stick in hand, a luminous gumshield locked on to my chops and a bandana across my forehead… I can also hear the booming voice of Mr Markham, our fierce but undeniably fanciable coach, urging us all on."
Markham and his new bosses at Hockerill College have done their best to close the matter down. Chair of the school governors, Sally Havers, described Marhkam as "a strong leader" with "intellectual clout and integrity".
Markham himself, married with two children, and who played hockey for Oxford University and Wales, said: "I am unable to comment on former pupils." ·