If you're feeling miserable right now because A) it's Monday morning, and B) it's raining, here's some news that will brighten your day: we have just one week to wait until Love Island 2021 hits our screens.
Today, the cast members are finally being unveiled to the public, and we've learnt something very interesting about one of them: 24-year-old Aaron Francis from London has a pretty cool link to some of the royal family.
Before being accepted on to Love Island, Aaron was a Luxury Events Host in the Capital, and his line of work meant he has been in close contact with some high profile people. In fact, he's worked at more than one royal wedding...
"Yeah, [I worked at] Eugenie and Beatrice’s [wedding] over the summer," said Aaron in his entry Q&A. The Islander-to-be went on to explain that he "hosted and chatted" as part of his role at Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice's weddings. Presumably referencing Beatrice's wedding, which took place last July with a 30-person limit due to COVID restrictions, Aaron added: "It was nice and intimate. Everyone’s chill."
Princess Beatrice married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on Friday 17 July in a secret ceremony at the Royal Chapel of All Saints, in Windsor's Royal Lodge. The bride wore a vintage Norman Hartnell that was previously owned by her grandmother, the Queen and just the couple's parents and siblings were in attendance.
"Working within government guidelines, the service was in keeping with the unique circumstances while enabling them to celebrate their wedding with their closest family," said a royal statement at the time. "No hymns were sung, but a selection of music was played. The National Anthem was played but not sung."
Considering how small Princess Beatrice's wedding was, it's a major privilege that Aaron got to work at it. But despite his CV full of glittering, star-studded events, it seems the new Love Island star is not all that fazed by the professional company he keeps. "In my job you meet a lot of famous people… unless you’re Beyonce, I’m not really interested," he said.
Aaron has been single for six months, and explains the reason he's taking part in Love Island is because the dating world "is a little bit off" at the moment. "Everyone’s wearing masks. You can’t really see anyone which makes dating a lot harder," he told producers.
Noting that he prefers relationships to dating, Aaron said he's looking for a partner that is "passionate" about what they do. "I don’t like when people are doing a job just to make money and then they kind of just live for the weekend. Especially because I work on the weekends," he added.
Well, who knows Aaron? If you go far in Love Island you might not have to work royal events at the weekends anymore...
Love Island starts at 9pm Monday 28th June on ITV2 and ITV Hub. Episodes are available the following morning on BritBox.
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