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Yet according to insiders, rumours that Clark is planning to go down on bended knee now Beatrice has graduated could prove a little premature.
Beatrice, who gained a 2:1 in her history degree at Goldsmiths, University of London, in July has far more pressing matters on her mind, not least the conundrum of what to do with one’s life.
Sources claim the fifth in line to the throne was left bitterly disappointed after her father’s attempts to wangle her a royal role fell on deaf ears. An insider said: “Andrew has been talking to the men in grey suits to see if there could be a role for her but courtiers have said ‘no way’.
"She wants to do charity work ‘like mummy’ but the powers that be have put a block on her carrying out any official duties. They are trying to slim down the royal family as it is and there has already been much talk of both her and Eugenie losing their bodyguards.As a result Bea has got nothing lined up work-wise. It is a dilemma because the last thing they want is for her to be seen as a freeloader like Fergie.”
At six years Beatrice’s senior, Clark’s career is well established at Sir Richard Branson’s empire where he works on the multi-millionaire’s Virgin Galactic space tourism project.
The son of Michael Clark, a wealthy American who was chief legal counsel at Cadbury Schweppes until he retired six years ago, Clark is described as fiercely ambitious both in his career and socially.
A source said: “He can be quite aloof and doesn’t always seem to pay Bea all that much notice when they are out. He certainly doesn’t court publicity but there’s no doubt he likes the attention that going out with a member of the royal family brings. They get special treatment wherever they go and he enjoys being part of the jet set. You only have to look at the way he dresses and carries himself to see that he fancies himself as a part of the royals’ inner circle. Being with Bea has opened many doors.”
As one pal put it: “When Bea was a bit chubbier there was a sense that she was lucky to be with Dave. Now she’s lost weight, it’s the other way round. There’s been all this talk of marriage but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was now Bea, not Dave, who was considering their options.”