Although Diana accompanied Jonny to Buckingham Palace when he picked up his OBE in October (above), the pair have apparently drifted apart
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26 NOVEMBER 2004

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Reticent rugby ace Jonny Wilkinson has split from his girlfriend of three years Diana Stewart.

Although friends of the couple say that they may get back together, the England star and TV presenter Diana have apparently drifted apart in recent months. “Diana and Jonny have split up, but there was no big bust-up or anything like that and there was definitely no-one else involved,” reveals one source.

The pair’s work commitments may have contributed to the demise of the relationship, with Jonny concentrating on regaining his fitness after injury, and Diana busy with her career as a presenter with Sky Sports News in London.

According to another friend, the World Cup hero’s total dedication to his sport has also been an issue. “It’s the same with all his relationships. Rugby got in the way then and it is now. He’s just so committed, there’s no room for anything else.”

Jonny, who plays for the Newcastle Falcons, met Diana while she was studying at the city’s university. Although she moved to London to study theatre soon after graduating, the pair remained close.

They were last seen together in public when Diana accompanied her beau to Buckingham Palace to collect his OBE for services to rugby.

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