It would have been delightful to see Princess Charlotte as a flower girl again but a global pandemic is as good a reason as any for that not to have happened. Still, there was much cheer and joy when Thomas van Straubenzee, a close friend of Prince William, recently wed Lucy Lanigan-O’Keefe, who teaches at Charlotte and her brother Prince George’s school, St Thomas’s Battersea, in London.
The two married in a low-key ceremony in Chelsea, London, last month and in a double dose of good news they’ve also announced they are expecting their first child.
The original wedding date was set for April and would have seen five-year-old Charlotte being a flower girl and William an usher.
However due to do the pandemic they were forced to postpone it and could only have a few close family members present in accordance with lockdown regulations.
It is property consultant Thomas’ second marriage. He was previously married to Lady Melissa Percy but they divorced in 2016.
It’s believed William and Kate played matchmaker for the couple, who’ve been dating for just over a year. Both couples were photographed attending a church service in Sandringham back in January.
Thomas and his younger brother Charlie (32) have been close friends with William and Harry since their days at posh boys’ boarding school Eton. The brothers attended both the princes’ weddings – where they were ushers – and Charlie is believed to be godfather to Harry and Meghan’s one-year-old son, Archie.
Harry and William are also patrons of a charity set up in the name of their late sibling, Henry Straubenzee, who was killed in a car accident in 2002.
Laura teaches mindfulness and outdoor learning at George and Charlotte’s school and is also assistant head teacher at another branch of St Thomas’s a few kilometres away.
Sources: people.com, tatler.com