The Duchess of Cambridge has enjoyed over six years of wedded bliss and Pippa Middleton tied the knot with hedge fund manager James Matthews earlier this year.
Sadly, their younger brother, James, is struggling to find lasting love. I hear the 30-year-old marshmallow maker has split up with his long-term girlfriend, the television personality Donna Air.
Poignantly, their last public appearance together was at Pippa’s wedding in May.
‘They broke up some time ago,’ claims a friend. ‘They managed to keep it quiet.’ Middleton began courting Donna more than four years ago, but it was always an unlikely relationship.
Eight years his senior, Donna has a 14-year-old daughter, Freya, with her ex-boyfriend, the casino and wildlife park heir Damian Aspinall.
The daughter of a bus mechanic and a BT receptionist, Donna was educated at state schools in
Newcastle upon Tyne. She became a television star at the age of ten when she was cast in the children’s programme Byker Grove.
Middleton enjoyed a privileged upbringing, being educated at £36,525-a-year Marlborough College before dropping out of Edinburgh University.
He then launched a cake business with the help of an £11,000 loan from his ‘black sheep’ uncle Gary Goldsmith.
This is not the first time the couple have split up.