By LIZ THOMAS
'Off in our own bubble': Christine Bleakley and her new fiancé Frank Lampard are in high spirits as they leave Soho House in West Hollywood last night
It took three months of secret planning and cost as much as £150,000 but Christine Bleakley has insisted fiancé Frank Lampard’s proposal was 'not very fancy'.
The couple are holidaying in America on a trip estimated to be costing £30,000 taking in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
The Chelsea footballer is understood to have lavished in excess of £120,000 on the ring and arranged for one of his friends that worked in America to fly out ahead with it - to make sure that the proposal remained a surprise.
No wedding plans just yet: Bleakley told her Daybreak colleagues the pair were just enjoying the engagement before thinking about the actual nuptials
Lampard, 32, got down on one knee after a romantic beach side lunch in Los Angeles where the couple have spent the last few days.
Miss Bleakley, also 32, confessed she 'cried for ten minutes' after he proposed.
The couple have been on a two week break staying first at the Wynn Encore five star luxury resort in Nevada for almost a week, which costs £400 a night, and boasts its own golf course, private cabanas, four pools and a spa.
'It was a military operation': Bleakley and Lampard step out for dinner to celebrate their engagement in Beverly Hills
They travelled to California last weekend and it is understood they have been staying at the the £350-a-night SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, which is a favourite with Hollywood biggest names.
Club class flights cost in excess of £8,000 return each at this time of year.
On cloud nine: The couple's happiness was clear to see following the proposal, with Christine saying that 'it all feels a bit surreal'
'He got a bit lovey-dovey': Frank's affectionate behaviour this week in Las Vegas did not go unnoticed by the UK media, and Christine now admits he did shower her with love in the lead up to the proposal
Friday, June 17, 2011
What a covert operation: Frank Lampard spent three months planning his £150,000 proposal to Christine Bleakley
By LIZ THOMAS