TOWIE: Lucy Mecklenburgh and Mario Falcone get steamy on love boat after engagement! (PICTURES)

by Anna Howell

It was meant to be the big surprise of the  summer special finale of The Only Way Is Essex, The Only Way Is Marbs, but hands up who didn’t know that Lucy Mecklenburgh and Mario Falcone have got engaged?

And what better way to celebrate their news than to get loved up and steamy on a boat in full view of the rest of  holiday maker filled Marbella?

According to reports, Mario popped the question on board a luxury yacht after filming for the day had finished (yet it still made it on to the show, staged much?), but the news was meant to be a close guarded secret with the newly engaged couple even going  as far as to remove the smiles from their faces, and any rings from fingers, before disembarking from the yacht.

But they couldn’t keep up the pretence for long, it would seem, as  if our pictures are anything to go by, they couldn’t keep their hands off each other!

In one picture Lucy can be seen gazing into her new fiancee’s eyes, whilst tenderly running her fingers through his hair, whilst laying back on a boat sipping champagne  (Could this have been the moment he proposed we wonder?).

And they aren’t the only ones to have caught the love bug out in the resort made famous by the Essex brigade, as new couple Lydia Bright and Tom Kilbey looked as equally entranced with each other on the trip, whilst Chloe Simms, Sam and Billi Faiers took time to soak up the sun sipping cocktails, with no sign of Sam’s on/off boyfriend, Joey Essex anywhere to be seen!

Watch an interview with Lucy in the clip below:

The Only Way Is Essex summer special, The Only Way Is Marbs can be seen at 10pm Wednesday on ITV2/ITV2 HD.