Princess Beatrice has split from her boyfriend of 10 years, it was reported.
The daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York is believed to have separated from Dave Clark a month ago despite hopes that the pair were planning to announce their engagement.
According to the Mail on Sunday, her family were shocked and saddened by the news, with her mother Sarah Ferguson telling friends it was like losing a son.
However it is thought not all of the Royal Family approved of the match, and although they were introduced by the Duke of Cambridge, it was rumoured that he did not approve of the union and pointedly did not invite Mr Clark to his wedding in 2011.
Until the birth of Princess Charlotte, Beatrice was sixth in line to the throne and needed to seek permission from the Queen before accepting a proposal of marriage. It was feared that she would side with Prince William and veto the match, but after Charlotte’s birth it was widely assumed that Mr Clark would propose.
It was claimed that Beatrice, 27, broke off the relationship when it became clear no proposal was forthcoming. A spokesman for Buckingham Palace did not deny the split.
Mr Clark is son to Michael Clark, a wealthy American lawyer who was head of the legal counsel at Cadbury Schweppes.
The couple, who ran the marathon together in 2010, were thought to be inseperable with Mr Clarka constant presence at royal family occasions such as Princess Eugenie’s birthday parties, several of Sarah Ferguson’s charity events and Royal Ascot. Mr Clark has accompanied the family on holidays to the Bahamas and the Swiss skiing resort of Verbier.
Beatrice followed Mr Clark to America as he pursued his career with taxi app Ube, enrolling in a finance course in San Francisco, where Uber has its headquarters, before taking an investment banking job in Manhattan.
Last week it was reported Beatrice left the company a month ago – around the time she and Dave parted ways. She has remained in New York and is working for friends at a consultancy.
Sources said the princess and Mr Clark still spoke occasionally but said a reconciliation did not appear likely.