Earl of Snowdon spotted at Wimbledon with Mark-Francis Vandelli

Earl of Snowdon is spotted in royal box at Wimbledon with fellow furniture collector and Made in Chelsea star Mark-Francis Vandelli after inviting him as his guest

  • Earl of Snowdon sat with Made in Chelsea’s Mark-Francis Vandelli at Wimbledon
  • The unlikely pair watched Cameron Norrie’s semi-final defeat to Novak Djokovic 
  • The Queen’s nephew, 60, and Vandelli, 32, share a mutual love of furniture

The Queen’s nephew was spotted sitting next to an unlikely friend in the Royal Box at Wimbledon today.

The Earl of Snowdon, 60, was with Made in Chelsea star Mark-Francis Vandelli, 32, who is a fellow furniture collector.

The 32-year-old TV star has been a member of the semi-reality show since its first season and a fixture on the programme ever since.

Princess Margaret’s son David Armstrong-Jones, known professionally as David Linley, invited Vandelli as his guest to watch Cameron Norrie’s semi-final against Novak Djokovic on Centre Court today.

Princess Margaret’s son Lord Snowdon attended Wimbledon today, sitting next to Made in Chelsea star Mark-Francis Vandelli this afternoon

The Earl of Snowdon, 60, was with Made in Chelsea star Mark-Francis Vandelli, 32, who is a fellow furniture collector

Princess Margaret’s son David Armstrong-Jones, known professionally as David Linley, invited Vandelli as his guest to watch Cameron Norrie’s (pictured) semi-final against Novak Djokovic on Centre Court today

The Earl and Vandelli have known each other for a number of years and share a mutual love of furniture.

Snowdon is a furniture maker and a former chairman of auction house Christie’s, while Vandelli is an art connoisseur and niche furniture collector.

Earlier this year Snowdon was seen arm in arm with  Isabelle de La Bruyere, the director of Christie’s.

Earlier this year Snowdon was seen arm in arm with Isabelle de La Bruyere, the director of Christie’s 

It would be the first known romance for David since he separated from Serena, 52, after 27 years of marriage (pair pictured together in 2019)

Mark-Francis Vandelli and David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon attend a private art gallery viewing in 2021

The Earl of Snowdon announced his separation from his wife, Serena, in 2020, with friends blaming the amount of time that the Queen’s nephew had to spend working abroad. 

He reportedly found love again with his colleague. French-born de La Bruyere, who’s fluent in at least three European languages, has been employed by Christie’s since 1999.

Snowdon and Vandelli watched as Britain’s Cameron Norrie lost in the semi-final to Serbia’s Novak Djokovic but were not the only famous faces in the Royal Box.

Bohemian Rhapsody star Rami Malek and his beau Lucy Boynton were seen rubbing shoulders with Bridgerton star Rege Jean Page and his girlfriend Emily Brown, while Marcus Waering and his wife and Melinda Gate and her plus one Joe Cerell observed Cameron Norrie square off with Novak Djokovic.

Along the front row it was largely royal invitees, with regular fixtures Princess Michael of Kent and the Duke of Kent taking their seats alongside the Duchess of Gloucester. 

Princess Beatrice and Edo Mapelli Mozzi were also seated in the exclusive box. 

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