The ring, worth £60 from H. Samuel, was said to have originally belonged to Jordan’s late mum, Anne. Karen, who is known as the longest-serving professional dancer on Strictly, split from her third husband in October after just 16 months of marriage.
The couple had surprised many when they tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in June 2022 after meeting on social media and falling in love. Jordan popped the question at Chewton Glen, a posh hotel in Hampshire.
It’s now been claimed that the ring Jordan proposed with was taken without permission. Jordan’s dad, Lee Williams, only realised it was missing when he saw the couple’s wedding photos.
“That’s it then – if she’s sent the ring back to him instead of me I’ll never see it again. I totally see where Karen is coming from. She was gifted the ring and it was hers as far as she knows,” the 64-year-old told The Sun.
“I’m grateful she has returned it to Jordan, but it actually belongs to me – and it was taken from me without my permission. Jordan might be my son but he did not have the right to take anything from me without asking. It’s not about the money. It is purely sentimental value. Some things money can’t buy.”
Lee, who claimed Karen was the third woman Jordan had proposed to with the ring, purchased the gold band with a single diamond for ex-wife Anne 35 years ago.
After getting engaged in Spain, they married in 1989 before splitting in 2002. Anne remarried but died in 2003 at the age of 45 and after her death, her second husband returned the ring to Lee.
Dad-of-six Lee kept the band in a box in his bedroom and believed it was still there until he saw Karen, 41, wearing it in Hello! magazine.
In an interview with the publication, Karen said: “Jordan proposed with his late mother’s ring. I know it meant the world to him for me to have it. We’ve since remodelled it together, so that it has the core of his mother’s ring, but also our flair added.”
Lee had a falling out with his son after he started dating Karen, and he didn’t attend their summer wedding.
He said: “That ring is extremely sentimental to me. And it’s probably only worth £1,900 now. If things were different between me and Jordan he could well have had my blessing. But the truth is, he didn’t.”
OK! has contacted representatives for Karen for comment.
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