All quiet on the Cambridge front, but there has been a surprising development for another royal. For some years now we have been waiting for Princess Beatrice to announce that she is engaged to long-time boyfriend Dave Clark. Today, as she celebrates her 28th birthday, the princess is not sending out save-the-dates, rather she has confirmed her split from Clark after ten years of dating.
Apparently, the two broke up a month ago, which is when Beatrice left the job he held in Manhattan. From the Telegraph:
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.
There have been conflicting reports on whether this is a break or a split. I have read more than one source that claims that Beatrice and Dave had passed the point where any proposal would be forthcoming at all, which is odd. Every site I have read states that the break is due to Beatrice's desire to tie the knot and Clark's reluctancy to do so. Even sources claiming there was no ultimatum leave an obvious disagreement about the couple's future as the root cause. From People's report:
The friend denies there was an ultimatum from Beatrice, who turned 28 today, about settling down. The source suggests that the princess and Clark will be talking about whether they have a future together "once they have had time apart....Her family are both open minded and supportive. They both need space and lets see where it goes from here."Royal reporter Richard Palmer apparently spoke to friends of the princess and said on Twitter:
It's not impossible that Beatrice and Dave, who have dated for 10 years, may get back together after time apart, according to one friend.It's nice to never say never, but The Telegraph has a darker view of current affairs:
Sources said the princess and Mr Clark still spoke occasionally but said a reconciliation did not appear likely.
Time will obviously tell. The problem with equating this to William and Kate's 2007 split is that their split was earlier in their relationship. They had been rocky up to that point, but once they reconciled it was strong sailing. I think that Dave and Beatrice have been in that committed and confident groove for some years now, which would seem to indicate that there is a deeper problem in their relationship than just the jitters before fully committing your life to another person. That makes this split far more concerning for those who are hoping for a happily ever after.