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David Beckham 'acts as best man as his father Ted, 73, gets married'

David Beckham’s father Ted, 73, ‘marries his millionaire solicitor partner Hilary Meredith, 62, in an intimate ceremony – with the ex-footballer acting as best man’

  • The football icon, 46, is said to have acted as best man for his father at the low-key nuptials which took place in London ‘s Temple on Friday
  • It’s the second marriage for both the bride and groom, with Ted having divorced David’s mother Sandra in 2002 after 33 years of marriage
  • The ceremony was attended by the Beckham clan including David’s wife Victoria and their children Romeo, 19, Cruz, 16, and ten-year-old Harper

David Beckham’s father Ted Beckham has reportedly tied the knot to millionaire solicitor partner Hilary Meredith , 62, in an intimate ceremony.

The football icon, 46, is said to have acted as best man for his father at the low-key nuptials which took place in London’s Temple on Friday, reports The Sun.

It’s the second marriage for both the bride and groom, with Ted having divorced David’s mother Sandra in 2002 after 33 years of marriage. 

Congratulations: David Beckham’s father Ted Beckham has reportedly tied the knot to millionaire solicitor partner Hilary Meredith , 62, in an intimate ceremony

The ceremony was attended by the Beckham clan including David’s wife Victoria and their children Romeo, 19, Cruz, 16, and ten-year-old Harper.

Though their eldest son Brooklyn, 22, was said to have been in America at the time. 

The publication reports that the family arrived at the wedding venue in blacked-out vehicles shortly before 3pm. 

A source revealed: ‘It was a very small private affair with just a handful of close family and friends, including David, Victoria and three of the children.

That’s my boy: The football icon, 46, is said to have acted as best man for his father at the low-key nuptials which took place in London’s Temple on Friday, reports The Sun

‘David was best man and did all the usual things the best man does like hold the rings and he was due to give a speech as well.

‘Ted is in his 70s and Hilary is in her 60s. It was the second wedding for both of them so they didn’t want to make a fuss of it but the whole family was delighted to be there.’

It is said that David’s older sister Lynne and her partner Kevin Briggs were the first ones to arrive at the ceremony, followed by David and his family, who were accompanied by Romeo’s girlfriend Mia Regan, 19.  

Ex-wife: It’s the second marriage for both the bride and groom, with Ted having divorced David’s mother Sandra in 2002 after 33 years of marriage

David was said to be wearing a white suit with a white flower seen in his lapel.

While bride Hilary wore a traditional white outfit and was accompanied by her bridesmaid daughter Charlotte.  

MailOnline have contacted David’s representatives for comment. 

Ted announced his engagement to Hilary in March last year, having met his fiancée in 2019 while working for army veterans at Broughton House Veteran Care Village. 

A joint statement from the couple, said: ‘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.’ 

Family: The ceremony was attended by the Beckham clan including David’s wife Victoria and their children Romeo, 19, Cruz, 16, and ten-year-old Harper

Ted’s engagement came 18 years after he divorced David’s mother Sandra, who he was previously married to for 33 years.

Following their divorce, Ted suggested David’s skyrocketing fame was the catalyst for the breakdown of his marriage to Sandra.

He wrote in his autobiography: ‘All the hype, all the stress, all the attention – it wasn’t a world we were used to and it was very tough.

‘I don’t think we were really prepared for it – although I’m not sure there’s much you can do to prepare yourself.

Close: ‘David was best man and did all the usual things the best man does like hold the rings and he was due to give a speech as well

You just get swept along in it and bowled along. But it does wear you down.’

Ted tied the knot with Sandra in 1969 and soon welcomed their three children, Lynne, 49, David and their youngest child Joanne, 39. 

Their marriage ended at the same time David was undergoing problems at his football club Manchester United, which took its toll on the star.

Former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson sold the footballer to Real Madrid for £25 million and accused him of furthering his own agenda rather than protecting the club’s interests. 

Ted’s new bride is a solicitor, lobbyist and campaigner best known for her work on behalf of the UK armed forces, veterans and their families. 

She runs law firm Hilary Meredith Solicitors and is also Visiting Professor of Law and Veterans’ Affairs at the University of Chester. 

Throwback: Ted tied the knot with Sandra in 1969 and soon welcomed their three children, Lynne, 49, David and their youngest child Joanne, 39

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