By Andy Buckwell For The Mail On Sunday
Published: 02:00 GMT, 22 November 2020 | Updated: 02:00 GMT, 22 November 2020
When rumours began to swirl that their business was facing challenges, the Duchess of Cambridge's parents said they were in talks with 'exciting' investors about expansion. Just how exciting can now be revealed.
A lingerie tycoon, whose company supplied Marks & Spencer with women's underwear, has taken a hefty stake in Party Pieces, along with the owner of the one of the world's biggest rugby league clubs.
Before becoming chief executive of Carole and Michael Middleton's mail order and online firm with 23.3 per cent of its shares, Salford-born Steven Bentwood ran the Stirling Group, one of the world's biggest underwear makers which helped M&S to make its name selling 'practical' underwear.
lingerie tycoon Steven Bentwood (pictured right), whose company supplied Marks & Spencer with women's underwear, has taken a hefty stake in Party Pieces
Mr Bentwood, 62, also owned another underwear firm – the decidedly racier Miss La La Presents Ltd, which catered