We are all waiting for May 19. That’s when 33-year-old Prince Harry and 36-year-old Meghan Markle tie the knot. After announcing they are engaged, the world simply fell in love with everything they do. Moreover, the two lovebirds are constantly on the watch, and once they do something unconventional, they are bound to be criticised from all sides. They don’t seem to care, though. After the news about the wedding, there was one other shocking report about the Royal family that no one expected. Namely, Prince Harry and William have a sister that almost no one knew about!
Did you expect that coming?
I know, me neither!
People were shocked to discover that Prince William and Harry actually have a sister. Their relationship with the media has not always been a happy one after the controversies that surrounded their mother’s death, Princess Diana, who used to be followed by paparazzi everywhere, even right before she died in a tragic car accident.
The media were so intrusive in Princess Diana’s life that she sheltered her two sons from the public eye as much as she could.
How does this relate to William and Harry’s sister?
Well, their desire for secrecy is something they share with their stepmother, Camilla Parker Bowles who married her long-term partner and the princes’ father Prince Charles in 2005 after the couple had been dating for years.
The Duchess of Cornwall also kept her children out of the limelight for years, so, William and Harry have a sister on their stepmother’s side!
Her name is Laura Lopes and was born on the 1st of January 1978, but the public has barely seen her.
In 2006, Laura got married to chartered accountant Harry Lopes, who studied at Eton College and the University of Edinburgh. They have three children, Eliza, born in 2007 and fraternal twin boys named Gus and Louis, who came along in 2009.
Interestingly, Eliza was a bridesmaid at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011.
When Camilla married Prince Charles, she wanted to keep her daughter’s privacy intact at all costs.
Because of all this, Laura Lopes continues to live a relatively normal life and, unlike William and Harry, is not pressured by the media that much.
Laura’s father is Camilla’s first husband Andrew Parker Bowles. She also has an older brother called Tom, who is actually reasonably well known for his work as a writer and a food critic. Laura, on the other hand, manages a number of gallery spaces across London.
Since the mid-2000s, Lopes has managed The Space Gallery in London’s Belgravia area, and in 2005 she became a co-founding partner and gallery director of London’s Eleven gallery. Fancy!
Even though she is out of the public eye, it is said she has a great relationship with the princes and we will probably see Laura at Prince Harry’s wedding!
Much to the Queen’s chagrin, the same can be said about Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York and mother to Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.
Better known as Fergie, Ferguson has been somewhat of an outcast after she got divorced from Prince Andrew in the early nineties.
After being photographed with other men and, at one point, topless on vacation, it all went down.
Since her divorce, Sarah has been largely snubbed by the Royal Family, but Harry has clearly decided to reach out to her by inviting her to his wedding.
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