Identity of Sarah, Duchess of York's mystery companion revealed

Royal watchers have noticed a handsome stranger accompanying Sarah, Duchess of York to recent events - now his identity has been revealed. The gorgeous gentleman is Spanish businessman Manuel Fernandez, who works across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

According to the Daily Mirror, the pair met 18 months ago through a mutual friend, and have much in common, including their charitable pursuits.

Manuel was first photographed with Sarah in May this year, as they caught the attention of the cameras at the Cannes Film Festival when they arrived together in a luxury yacht with other friends.

Sarah Ferguson and Manual Fernandez

The couple posed together and enjoyed the evening at Cap- Eden-Roc hotel, before days later travelling to Asturias, via Madrid, together.

The friend of Sarah's began his professional career in the British army in an infantry regiment, but then went to the world of business. He is also the founder and CEO of independent film company Braveheart Films.

Manuel has been in the news in recent years after his sister, Maria, was murdered by her ex-partner. He went on to campaign against gender violence, and welcomed a decision by the British Court of Appeal to uphold the right of courts in England and Wales to impose whole-life sentences on offenders who commit the most serious crimes.

The pair arrived by yacht to the Cannes film festival in May

Since divorcing Prince Andrew in 1996, Sarah's love life has been subject to much speculation. To this day she remains incredibly close to her ex husband.

The pair turned Ascot into a family day out this year, looking in high spirits as they chatted and laughed with their daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

Sarah and Andrew regularly go on holiday together with their girls. Speaking in an interview in January, Sarah revealed: "The York family is a tight unit. We've always been a tight unit."

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