Former World No.1 Maria Sharapova confirmed on Thursday, December 17, that she is engaged to her long-time boyfriend and British businessman, Alexander Gilkes.
Former World No.1 Maria Sharapova confirmed on Thursday, December 17, that she is engaged to her long-time boyfriend Alexander Gilkes. Seeded 13th and aged 17, Maria Sharapova shot to fame at the 2004 Wimbledon Championships. Her upset of the top seed and defending champion, Serena Williams, led her to her first Grand Slam singles title – also making her one of the youngest females ever to win the title. The Russian tennis star ended her 17-year long career in January this year with 5 Grand Slam titles to her name.
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Maria Sharapova announced her engagement to her longtime boyfriend Alexander Gilkes via Instagram on Thursday. The tennis ace shared a series of pictures of herself and Gilkes captioned “I said yes from the first day we met❤️This was our little secret, wasn’t it 💍🥂@gilkesa”. Sharapova and Gilkes were first spotted together at the Argento Ball for the Elton John Aids Foundation in June 2018 as well as in Beverly Hills in March of 2018. The couple confirmed their relationship in October 2018, while on a romantic trip to the Cotswolds.
Sharapova has previously been in a relationship with fellow tennis star Grigor Dimitrov. She was also engaged to former Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Sasha Vujacic, with whom she had been in a relationship since 2009. She confirmed that they had split in August 2012.
Maria Sharapova boyfriend: Who is Alexander Gilkes?
Sharapova’s fiance, Alexander Gilkes, also took to Instagram to share the happy news sharing a similar themed picture with Masha, writing “Thank you for making me a very very happy boy. I look forward to a lifetime of loving you, and learning from you @mariasharapova #💍”. Gilkes, a British businessman and the co-founder of online auction house Paddle 8 is a celebrity in his own right and has rubbed shoulders with the Royals in the UK.
The 41-year-old is the ex-husband of designer Misha Nonoo, the best friend of actor Meghan Markle. Infact, it was Nonoo who set up the ‘Suits’ actress with her now husband and senior member of the British Royal family – Prince Harry. Gilkes and Nonoo split up in 2016 after almost 13 years together. Educated at Eton College, Sharapova’s finace is also a close friend of another prominent Royal – Prince William, with whom he has stayed in touch since their college days.
Queen ‘disappointed’ with Meghan Markle, Harry over christening move
Queen Elizabeth is reportedly ‘disappointed’ over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s move to christen Lilibet within the US and a former butler believes she’ll be heartbroken to miss such a special event.
Some former staffers even fear she’ll be utterly heartbroken if she is not able to participate in the grand event.
The Firm’s former royal butler Grant Harrold made this claim during his interview with Express.
There he speculated upon the possible plan of action Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may take regarding the christening, for the Queen, and claimed, “I am sure if this does not take place in the UK, the Queen will be disappointed to not attend the christening of her great-granddaughter.”
He also went on to add, “However, as with many families who have family overseas, sometimes it is not possible.”
“Maybe their christening will be recorded so the family in the UK can watch as well? Family is very important to the Queen and I am sure before too long she will meet her great-granddaughter.”
31 photos that prove Prince William and Kate Middleton are trying to change their public image
As the future king and queen consort of England, the Cambridges will always have a different set of rules and expectations than Harry and Markle ever did as senior royals. But Eric Schiffer, an expert on celebrity brand management, told Insider that when it came to the couple’s public-relations strategy, Middleton and William took “little risk” before Markle and Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey in March.
“They were manicured to the nth degree,” he said, “and played their public persona with a Buckingham Palace excellence, out of the playbook that’s been mastered for centuries.”
Before the pandemic, William and Middleton almost never posted videos on their official Instagram page. If they did, it was usually a slideshow of photos or a clip played over one of the prince’s formal speeches.
The Cambridges also rarely showed affection toward each other in public, believed to be in line with royal etiquette.
But Markle and Harry’s explosive interview with Oprah hurt the royal family’s reputation.
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Harry and Markle during their interview with Oprah. CBS
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex dropped several bombshells during the two-hour interview. Markle said Middleton had made her cry over a flower-girl dress (not the other way around, as some publications had reported), while Harry said he and William were “on different paths.”
Markle and Harry also said that they received no support from the royal family when Markle began experiencing suicidal thoughts and that some royals had “concerns” about their son’s skin color.
Schiffer told Insider that the interview released a “giant smoke bomb” that affected the royal family’s reputation while boosting Markle and Harry’s global image, helping them connect “with people’s humanity and their own struggles.”
“It created this contrast, and Harry and Meghan’s PR strategy, in essence, is to be the unanointed modern-day royals of the populace,” he said. “This is a populist strategy.”
Days after the Oprah interview, William and Middleton shared personal family photos on their official Instagram page.
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A cake that Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis made for Mother’s Day in the UK. DukeandDuchessofCambridge/Instagram
On March 14, Mother’s Day in the UK, the couple posted pictures of cards and a cake they said their children — Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis — had made to remember Princess Diana.
“For those experiencing bereavement, today may be particularly challenging,” one of the captions said. “Each year on Mother’s Day, George, Charlotte and Louis make cards remembering their Granny, Diana, for William.”
That week, Middleton visited children at a school in London that had reopened after the UK eased lockdown restrictions.
Middleton interacts with a child during a visit to School21 on March 11. JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images
Clare McHugh, a royal historian, told Insider that Middleton and William’s swift new PR strategy was one that the royal family has used since Queen Victoria and Prince Albert took the throne in the 1840s.
“That was a revolutionary moment in Europe when all sorts of monarchies were being overturned,” McHugh said. “They had to find a way to make the monarchy seem more appealing so that it would stick around.
“So they fought back by showing, oh, no, the monarchy is just like you,” she added. “They showcased their children much more than any monarch had done before.”
Weeks before their 10th anniversary, the Cambridges returned to Westminster Abbey, which had been turned into a coronavirus vaccination center.
Middleton appeared to pay tribute to the church’s history by sporting a white knee-length coat. The couple also walked down the same aisle that they walked down on their wedding day.
On April 27, Middleton and William played with children and animals at a farm in Durham, England.
‘Been warned’ Meghan and Harry keeping away from UK after PR disaster, says Lady C
MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry have been “warned off” returning to England after “a lot of bad publicity” following their interview with Oprah Winfrey back in March, claims Lady Colin Campbell.
Meghan Markle, 40, has not been back to the UK since moving permanently to the United States last year with her husband Prince Harry, 37, and their young son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, two. Since their transatlantic relocation, the couple have given a number of interviews to the media, including a tell-all sit down with Oprah Winfrey at the beginning of the year, which left critics divided over their comments on the Royal Family.
The Sussexes had claimed they felt racial prejudice from an unnamed member of the Royal Family after the birth of their son Archie.
They alleged the senior royal questioned “how dark” Archie would be in tandem with talks over whether the baby should receive a prince title.
Since then Prince Harry has flown back to the UK just twice, once to attend the funeral of his grandfather Prince Philip and also to attend the unveiling of a statue in his late mother, Princess Diana’s honour.
On both occasions, the duke has been unaccompanied by his wife, Archie, or newborn daughter Lilibet.
Many have questioned if the Sussexes will ever visit the UK as a family ever again, and now Lady Colin Campbell has claimed the “bad publicity” from some sections of media is preventing their return.
In her latest YouTube video, Lady Colin said: “They know they are going to be subjected to a lot of bad publicity, and they have been warned.
“I am reliably informed that the bad publicity they are getting is affecting their brand. So really they have been warned off coming to England.”
Her comments come as Prince Harry confirmed he would not be attending an event to celebrate his mother’s statue unveiling.