Monday 24 September 2018

Kate Middleton's brother James 'splits with girlfriend of four years' Donna Air

James Middleton and Donna Air attend the British Heart Foundation's Roll Out The Red Ball at Park Lane Hotel
James Middleton and Donna Air attend the British Heart Foundation's Roll Out The Red Ball at Park Lane Hotel
ENGLEFIELD, ENGLAND - MAY 20: Donna Air, left, arrives at St Mark's Church ahead of the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews on May 20, 2017 in Englefield, England. Middleton, the sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is to marry hedge fund manager James Matthews in a ceremony Saturday where her niece and nephew Prince George and Princess Charlotte are in the wedding party, along with sister Kate and princes Harry and William. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - Pool/Getty Images)
Donna Air Picture: PA
ENGLEFIELD GREEN, ENGLAND - MAY 20: Carole Middleton, Pippa's mother and James Middleton, Pippa's brother attend the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews at St Mark's Church on May 20, 2017 in Englefield Green, England. (Photo by Justin Tallis - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Spencer Matthews, second left, is greeted by Donna Air as her partner James Middleton (right) looks on, prior to the wedding of Pippa Middleton to millionaire groom James Matthews at an event dubbed the society wedding of the year. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 20, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Pippa. Photo credit should read: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire
Pippa Middleton and James Middleton arrive on day three of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon
Pippa Middleton & James Middleton seen arriving for day thirteen at The Championships at Wimbledon on July 16, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by HGL/GC Images)
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James Middleton has reportedly split with girlfriend of four years Donna Air.

The British businessman (30), who is Pippa and Kate's younger brother brother, quietly split with the tv presenter (38) over the summer, but he is opmtisic they might reconcile. The couple have had an on/off relationship since 2013, denying claims they split in 2015, but are believed to have parted ways for four months in 2016.

Spencer Matthews, second left, is greeted by Donna Air as her partner James Middleton (right) looks on, prior to the wedding of Pippa Middleton to millionaire groom James Matthews at an event dubbed the society wedding of the year. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 20, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Pippa. Photo credit should read: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire
Spencer Matthews, second left, is greeted by Donna Air as her partner James Middleton (right) looks on, prior to the wedding of Pippa Middleton to millionaire groom James Matthews at an event dubbed the society wedding of the year. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 20, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Pippa. Photo credit should read: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire

There were no signs of cracks in the relationship in May when they attended Pippa's wedding to James Matthews.

"They broke up some time ago. They managed to keep it quiet," a source told the Daily Mail. "James hopes the split will not be permanent."

Last year, James announced his love for his other half, stating that marriage wasn't on their list of priorities, but they were focused on having children. Donna has a 14-year-old daughter with ex-boyfriend Damian Aspinall.

"We are thinking about where we are going next," he explained in November 2016.

Donna Air Picture: PA
Donna Air Picture: PA

"I love Donna very much. Marriage is absolutely not something I'm scared of but it isn't necessarily the be-all and end-all. We are quite purposeful, forward-thinking people, so we needed wind in our sails in order to progress.

"She makes me very happy [and] I think I make her very happy. I want children. I've said that before. I will have children, but you'll have to wait."

Despite his high profile relationship and royal connections, James has tried to carve a path of his own with his customised marshmallow business Boomf, which recorded double losses this year.

He previously spoke of his frustrations at being labelled 'Kate Middleton's little brother'.

Pippa Middleton & James Middleton seen arriving for day thirteen at The Championships at Wimbledon on July 16, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by HGL/GC Images)
Pippa Middleton & James Middleton seen arriving for day thirteen at The Championships at Wimbledon on July 16, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by HGL/GC Images)

"Yes, it does get frustrating," he responded in 2015 when asked about being the Duchess of Cambridge's little brother.

"I work incredibly hard, just like every other person. And aside from the fact — yes, I am the brother of someone very important — I am, at the end of the day, just James."

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