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In a move that has left her parents, sister and extended royal family devastated, Princess Beatrice has ended her 10-year relationship with Dave Clarke.

Beatrice and Dave had been together since the princess was 17 years old and Dave was already considered a part of the family by many of the royals.

He is said to be extremely close with Beatrice’s mother Sarah Ferguson, who is upset the relationship has ended.

A source told The Mail on Sunday: “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.”

Sarah, the Duchess of York, feels as though she has lost a son.

“Sarah considers Dave to be part of the family. She is very sad it didn’t work out. They have been together longer than many marriages last.”

Beatrice has been living in America with Dave, following him from both sides of the country as he pursued his career.

There was talk the two would get engaged, with many expecting Dave to propose after Princess Charlotte was born.

After Charlotte’s birth, Beatrice was pushed down the royal queue making her seventh in line for the throne, which means Dave would not have to ask the Queen for permission to propose.

“Beatrice has become a lot more assertive and confident recently. She gave Dave an ultimatum, but it backfired because he did not ask her to marry him. They both agreed that with no marriage in their future, it was time to go separate ways.

“They had a very co-dependent relationship, so they haven’t yet managed to completely cut off contact. They speak occasionally and they sometimes refer to the split as ‘a break’. But it has been over for a month now and there doesn’t seem to be any reconciliation on the cards.”

While Beatrice tries to move on her mother is reportedly still hoping to stay in touch with Dave.

Any parent who has seen their child go through a break up with someone they care about knows how conflicting it can be trying to support your child, but also be there for someone who has become ‘part of the family’.

It can be a tricky thing to balance and while some say they always make an effort to keep in touch with their child’s ex-partner, others say it’s best for everyone involved to make a clean break.

Has your child ever broken up with someone you considered part of the family? How would you handle this situation?

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  1. With a great deal of difficulty you feel for you sibling but you are attached to their partner and feel for them to and don’t like to see what’s going on and the one thing you can not do is interfere,

  2. Better to break up now than go through a messy divorce

  3. Hope they can be together again soon! 10 years is a long time to be together sometimes it takes being apart from each other to realise how much that person is missing from our lives!

  4. William & Kate also went through a painful separation before they got together again — a month for these two isn’t enough time to deside it’s over once & for all — give them time !

  5. My daughter was in same situation, 12 years together and no proposal so they parted. We were all devastated and only gave opinions and advice if asked for. Six months later she married his best friend and they had their first child within 12 months. He who was like a son is still single and still a very good friend to us all. He was best man at their wedding and is godfather to their daughter. Maybe some people are just meant to be friends and not married.

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    • I agree, Pam. I have had 2 children go through painful divorces, after 10 and 20 years respectively. Interestingly both sets of couples are better friends now than they were when married! And we remain friends with both ex’s.

  6. When I saw the headline I thought it was going to be something serious. Please they are just like all of us, it’s really not such a big deal, it happens to lots of couples everyday. Most people probably didn’t even know they were together, it’s their business leave them alone.

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