See how the couple’s romance has developed…

Donna Air and James Middleton might come from different backgrounds but their relationship has always seemed to go from strength to strength.

Our gallery charts their love story in pictures, beginning from when they are first romantically linked in early 2013. Former Byker Grove actress Donna reportedly meets Kate Middleton’s brother James at private members’ club 5 Hertford Street and they soon start quietly dating.

By the time the couple are pictured together at an event in London in May 2013 it looks like they’re already smitten. The unlikely romance attracts a lot of attention but the lovebirds manage to keep their relationship as private as possible.

Despite the eight-year age gap, Donna and James seem to have really hit it off and are frequently seen together in the months that follow.

Donna – who has a daughter, Freya, from her relationship with millionaire Damian Aspinall – even sparks speculation that she’s got engaged to James in June 2013 when she is seen wearing a ring on her wedding finger.

In July 2013 Donna Air speaks out about James Middleton and reveals that things are going really well between them.

‘James is wonderful and I enjoy our time together very much,’ says Donna.

‘I am very happy. It is early days and you just never know what the future has in store.’

Around the time of their first anniversary in early 2014, James opens up about his famous girlfriend when he launches a customised marshmallow business.

Kate’s little bro admits that he and Donna are very content, though he’s quick to deny that they’re getting hitched any time soon.

‘Am I getting married? What a ridiculous question. Um, we’re enjoying our relationship as it is now. We’ve made no future plans, but then I couldn’t see myself doing marshmallows a year ago,’ he explains.

There are rumours that the couple have split in 2014 when they’re not pictured together for a while but they look happier than ever at an event in London in February 2015.

Donna also starts to share photos with her man on Instagram and calls him her ‘funny Valentine’ on February 14. Cute!

Sadly it’s reported in September 2015 that Donna and James have called it quits, with a source claiming that Donna is ‘heartbroken’ after James ended the relationship.

But the speculation turns out to be unfounded when the couple release a joint statement reaffirming that their romance is not over and they’re still very much together. Phew!

Read on to find out more about Donna Air and James Middleton‘s romance…