Earlier today, James Middleton, 23, gave a Bible reading during the marriage ceremony in Westminster Abbey of HRH Prince William of Wales and Miss Kate Middleton.
Pink News reports
that within seconds of his beginning to speak, "hundreds of people asked on Twitter and other social media networks if he is gay [though] there is no evidence to suggest that he is".
Subsequently, Pink News says
, Googling "James Middleton" leads the search engine to auto-suggest the term "James Middleton gay", as "Google’s suggested terms are driven by the volume of people querying a particular term as opposed to an algorithm or editorial involvement by the company."
Earlier today, the Daily Telegraph
claimed that Middleton would risk upsetting traditionalists within the Church of England by choosing to read from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible rather than the original King James Version.
The paper points out that the passage
he read (from Romans 12), begins, "'I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship' [rather than] the King James Version [which] reads: 'I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.'"
Earlier, the Washington Post reported that
"Carole Middleton, mother of bride Kate, and her son James Middleton arrive[d] at the royal wedding [together]."
The Examiner added
: "James looked calm after having a long day getting ready and having breakfast with... Prince Harry. He is the only one giving a reading at the wedding and looked comfortable chatting with the clergy and escorting his mother."
After dropping out of university four years ago, Middleton now owns and runs his own bakery business - Cake Kit Company
- and, according to Zoe Brennan of the Telegraph
, "is in the process of launching three more companies [. . .] Nice Cakes, Nice Wine and Nice Group London".