Tennis star Maria Sharapova has been linked to some high-profile men in the past and now she is dating Alexander Gilkes, who is a close friend of Prince William and Prince Harry. Sharapova and the British millionaire have been linked since 2018 and now there are reports that they are engaged.
Here’s what we know about their relationship and why royal fans are familiar with Gilkes’ ex-wife.
Who Sharapova previously dated and who Gilkes was married to?
Back in 2005, Sharapova reportedly had a brief romance with Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine after they met at her 18th birthday party. The following year she was linked to fellow tennis player Andy Roddick and they were dubbed “Rodapova,” however, Roddick later denied that they were a couple.
Sharapova was in a relationship with former NBA player Sasha Vujacic beginning in 2009. They announced their engagement in 2010 but split two years later. She also dated another tennis player, Grigor Dimitrov, from 2013 to 2015.
Gilkes has been involved with someone you may have heard of as well. In 2003 the co-founder of the online auction house Paddle8, who has been referred to as New York’s most well-connected Briton, started dating Misha Nonoo. Royal fans definitely know her name as she is Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s matchmaker.
Gilkes and the fashion designer tied the knot in 2012 but ended things in 2016.
How Gilkes knows Princes William and Harry
Gilkes was born in London on July 16, 1979, to parents Robyn and Jeremy. He comes from wealth as his father is a well-known dermatologist in the U.K. and his mother worked at the University of Oxford.
Gilkes became good friends with William and Harry when they attended Eton College and was a guest at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding. He also reportedly dated Kate Middleton’s sister, Pippa, and used to employ Princess Eugenie.
Gilkes has been an auctioneer for the Elton John AIDS Foundation, Raising Malawi, and amFAR. And in 2014, 2015, and 2016, he was named one of the 100 Most Powerful People in the Art World.
Are Sharapova and Gilkes engaged?
While there have been reports that wedding bells will be ringing soon for Gilkes and the Russian tennis player, they appear to just be rumors.
Fans were quick to jump on thinking the pair may have gotten engaged after Sharapova was spotted with a ring on that finger.
However, the athlete was photographed other times with different rings on that same finger showing that she was likely switching them up for fashion. Moreover, there hasn’t been any official announcement from her camp either so until we get confirmation it’s safe to say they are not engaged at this time.
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