Sunday 19 February 2017

Princess Beatrice ends her 10 year romance with boyfriend David Clark of whom Prince William did not approve

Published 07/08/2016 | 11:34

Princess Beatrice has been dating Dave Clark since she was 17.
Princess Beatrice has been dating Dave Clark since she was 17.

It was thought that another Royal Wedding could be on the cards, but Princess Beatrice has reportedly ended her ten-year long relationship with her boyfriend David Clark.

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The split comes as a surprise as 27-year-old Beatrice recently moved to the US to accompany David (32) as he took on a role at Uber.

Princess Beatrice pictured with David Clark (32) when they first began going out in 2006. Here they are pictured with Beatice's mum Sarah Ferguson
Princess Beatrice pictured with David Clark (32) when they first began going out in 2006. Here they are pictured with Beatice's mum Sarah Ferguson

Speaking to The Daily Mail, a source said: "After ten years together, Beatrice and Dave had to wonder why they were not married.”

"They talked it through and decided to take time apart to reflect on the future. They remain friends and the decision to break up was mutual."

It has long been speculated that Beatrice’s Royal Family did not approve of David, who did not receive an invitation to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding in 2011.

In 2015, a source said that William in particular had an aversion to David and did not think he was a suitable match for his cousin.

Beatrice of York and Dave Clark split after ten years together
Beatrice of York and Dave Clark split after ten years together

“William isn't a huge fan of Dave. It's fair to say that if Beatrice had asked the Queen for permission to marry Dave, and she in turn asked William privately for his view, she may not have been given a glowing report.”

“Dave is a nice guy and he makes Beatrice happy, which is important. But William has always been wary of him. There is a clash of personalities.”

Since the birth of Princess Charlotte, Beatrice no longer requires the Queen’s permission to marry, and reports suggest there was extra pressure on David to propose throughout the past year.

A source said of the pair: “They both agreed that with no marriage in their future, it was time to go separate ways."

Princess Beatrice pictured at the Royal Wedding, which David Clark was not invited to
Princess Beatrice pictured at the Royal Wedding, which David Clark was not invited to

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