Dancing On Ice viewers were in for a shock during last night’s [14 January] show, with fans being left stunned when they spotted the Duchess of Cambridge’s brother, James Middleton, sitting in the live studio audience.
James swapped royalty for reality TV as he sat among the crowd to cheer on his girlfriend Donna Air as she made her debut in the competition.
As Donna took to the ice for her first solo routine, James was shown proudly applauding – seemingly confirming that the pair are back on solid terms after four years of an on/off relationship, with the couple last believed to have split in October last year.
Taking to social media, Dancing On Ice viewers loved James’ surprise cameo on the show, writing:
James Middleton in audience to watch Donna Air’s first routine on Dancing on Ice. Camera crew really getting their money’s worth panning to him at every opportunity #DancingOnIce
— Laura Lambert (@LauraLambert8) January 14, 2018
Awww just cheered because lovely James Middleton is there to cheer on Donna! #dancingonice
— Melanie (@_mels13) January 14, 2018
So does James Middleton in the audience mean that K Middy is tuned into Dancing on Ice at home saying, “Look kids, there’s Uncle James on the telly!” Obsessed.
— Georgia Farquharson (@georgiafarq) January 14, 2018
Mind = Blown. Donna Air is going out with James Middleton. As in younger brother of Kate Middleton. Donna Air is basically the auntie of the future king of England. Who knew.
— Richard. (@TheLastRichard) January 14, 2018
JAMES MIDDLETON IS IN THE AUDIENCE. WHAT.
— Tina (@ElloTeenah) January 14, 2018
Donna is far from Kate Middleton’s only link to the reality TV circuit, with her and James’ sister, Pippa, famously marrying Spencer Matthews’ brother, James Matthews, last year.
Spencer shot to fame on reality TV show Made In Chelsea and was papped beaming as he greeted Prince William and Prince Harry at Pippa and James’ wedding at St. Mark’s Church in May of last year.