Investors taken stake in Middleton's firm Party Pieces are tycoon and ...

Revealed: Investors who have taken a stake in Carole and Michael Middleton’s firm Party Pieces are a tycoon and a sports businessman tycoon Steven Bentwood, 62, has taken a hefty stake in Party Pieces   He became chief executive of the Carole and Michael Middleton's online firm  Businessman Darryl Eales, 60, who owns Wigan Warriors, taken a 17.5% stake

By Andy Buckwell For The Mail On Sunday

Published: 02:00 GMT, 22 November 2020 | Updated: 02:00 GMT, 22 November 2020

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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 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

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

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