Donna Air splits from posh property developer boyfriend Ben Carrington

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DONNA Air has split from property developer Ben Carrington who she dated soon after long-term beau James Middleton.

The 40-year-old Dancing On Ice star was seeing Harrow-educated Ben, 35, for 18 months, but is said to be excited about the “next chapter” after they parted ways.

 Donna Air splits from posh property developer boyfriend Ben Carrington

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Donna Air splits from posh property developer boyfriend Ben CarringtonCredit: Rex Features

A source told Daily Mail: “It’s sad, but Donna is excited about the next chapter in her life. She has a great support system and at her birthday party in London last week she was surrounded by friends and family.”

According to Ben’s company’s website, his focus is on “luxurious, new-build residential projects in South East London.”

Donna, who has landed a role in the second series of BBC legal drama The Split, revealed their relationship two days after confirming she’d finally split up with Kate Middleton’s brother after a five year on/off romance.

The Dancing On Ice star and James quietly “uncoupled” over Christmas 2017 after they reportedly made a mutual decision that 2018 should bring a “fresh start”.

 The couple got together within days of her splitting from James Middleton

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The couple got together within days of her splitting from James MiddletonCredit: Rex Features
 The couple were together for 18 months

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The couple were together for 18 monthsCredit: Rex Features

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Credit: Ben Carrington/Instagram

Ben showed off his impressive body on his social media page

 Ben, 35, works as a property developer in London

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Ben, 35, works as a property developer in LondonCredit: Ben Carrington

She told the Mail On Sunday: “James and I are no longer an item. We parted ways in December but remain the very best of friends and always will be.”

Friends say Donna and James, 30, whose sister is the Duchess of Cambridge, had gone to great lengths to put on a united front until making their decision.

James was seen in the Dancing On Ice audience last year cheering on the former Byker Grove star, who has a 15-year-old daughter named Freya.

 Donna confirmed her split from on/off boyfriend James Middleton after five years

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Donna confirmed her split from on/off boyfriend James Middleton after five yearsCredit: PA:Press Association
 The couple, who split over Christmas 2017, are pictured with James' sister Pippa Middleton

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The couple, who split over Christmas 2017, are pictured with James’ sister Pippa MiddletonCredit: Getty – Contributor
 Ben and Donna have grown close in recent weeks

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Ben and Donna have grown close in recent weeksCredit: Ben Carrington/Instagram
 Ben and Donna went public with their romance this week

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Ben and Donna went public with their romance this weekCredit: Ben Carrington/Instagram

A friend told the Mail: “Donna has been a rock to James as he has worked on his start-up business over the years and has taken him back each time he has had a wobble about their future. Now she is ready to move on.”

The pair hit it off after meeting at a private members club in February 2013 and went public with their relationship in the summer of that year.

The couple were together for four years and admitted they had been thinking about where their relationship was going next.

 The pair have been putting on a united front but friends say they split before the New Year

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The pair have been putting on a united front but friends say they split before the New YearCredit: Getty – Contributor
James Middleton appears on Dancing on Ice to support girlfriend Donna Air

In November 2016, they looked more loved-up than ever after a temporary split as they attended The Animal Ball.

After that the youngest Middleton hinted that he wanted to marry and have children with the Geordie socialite.

Donna was invited to his sister Pippa’ s wedding to James Matthews, despite the “no ring, no bring rule”.

She joined an all-star and royal line-up – which included Prince Harry and his then-future wife Meghan Markle.

She’s remained close to multimillionaire conservationist Damian Aspinall, who she was in a relationship with for six years.

Donna Air and Mark Hanretty skate to Love Shack by The B-52s on Dancing On Ice


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