David Beckham’s dad Ted, 71, gets engaged 18 years after painful divorce from footy star’s mum Sandra – The Sun

DAVID Beckham's dad Ted has got engaged 18 years after his painful divorce from the footy star's mum Sandra.

The 71-year-old and his solicitor fiancée Hilary Meredith announced the happy news today in a joint statement.

It reads: "While there are far more important things going on in the world right now, we are thrilled to say that we are happily engaged.

"Stay safe everyone."

In December David's wife Victoria clashed with Ted after Hilary's daughter, 27, was blocked from attending son Cruz's christening.

A source said Victoria was "wary" of letting "outsiders" in.

The Sun exclusively revealed the pair were an item last July.

Hilary rubs shoulders with the likes of Boris Johnson and Theresa May.

The England ace’s dad joined her at her villa in Majorca last summer as she prepared for her 60th birthday.

A family friend of the lawyer said at the time: “We haven’t seen her so happy for a long long time.

“It’s been a bit of a whirlwind romance to say the least. They have been seeing each other for a few weeks. It’s all so exciting.

“Hilary throws great parties so we’re all a bit giddy at the prospect of Victoria and David getting an invite to be there.”

Ted and Hilary, who is from Cheshire, met due to a mutual interest in campaigning for war veterans.

Last April, Hilary posted a photo of her and retired gas fitter Ted at ex- services care home Broughton House in Salford, Greater Manchester.

Ted was divorced from David’s mum Sandra in 2002 after 32 years of marriage.

It happened around the time David was sold to Real Madrid by Manchester United following a fallout with manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

In his autobiography Ted blamed the fame surrounding the Beckham family for the split.

He also revealed it hit his three children hard.

"David has spoken about how hard our splitting up was for him – it was tough for all our children," he wrote.

"I know they were all pretty much grown up by the time we got divorced but it was still a heck of a shock for them.

"The last thing I wanted was for them to take sides. The problems lay between Sandra and me, not with any of them.

Hilary, who has her own law firm, regularly lobbies Parliament on issues affecting the Armed Forces.

She has expressed support for The Sun’s campaign to demand that the next PM signs up to our Veterans Pledge, which seeks better treatment for service personnel.

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