Sunday, 18 August, 2019

Prince George teacher set to marry Prince William’s best friend

Getty Images Prince George's teacher set to marry Prince William's best friend
Lora Ball | 24 June, 2019, 20:11

But this time around, it's not exactly a royal affair, as George's (and soon-to-be Charlotte's) teacher at Thomas's Battersea is marrying one of Prince William's closest friends.

In a romantic story, Prince William's good friend Thomas van Straubenzee, who is also Princess Charlotte's godfather, is now engaged to a teacher at Prince George's school.

FYI Van Straubenzee is extremely close to the royal family (he's actually Princess Charlotte's godfather), and Lanigan-O'Keeffe teaches outdoor learning and mindfulness at George's school. It's a serious relationship'.

Mr van Straubenzee is the boss at the private office of property firm Knight Frank, and had previously married the Duke of Northumberland's daughter Lady Melissa Percy in 2013.

Their wedding was held at her family's ancestral home Alnwick Castle, which doubles as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films.

Thomas attended Ludgrove School (a boarding school in Berkshire) with Princes William and Harry, as did his younger brother Charlie and their late brother Henry, who died in a vehicle crash in 2002.

The van Straubenzees attended Ludgrove School in Berkshire with William and Harry, as did their late brother Henry, also a close friend of the princes, who died in a vehicle crash aged 18.

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Ms Lanigan-O'Keeffe is originally from Kilkenny and is a sister of Olympic pentathlete Arther Lanigan-O'Keeffe and daughter of barrister Stephen Lanigan-O'Keeffe.

Lucy is a teacher at Battersea School in London, where Prince George is a student.

Princess Charlotte, four, will start at Thomas's Battersea in September.

Prince Harry served as best man at the wedding of Thomas' younger brother Charlie in 2018.

Prince William will be an usher at the wedding and might even give a speech. Meghan showed her support for the Henry Van Straubenzee Memorial Fund by reading a poem as part of the event.

The Queen is also known to be fond of Thomas, a Balmoral regular.

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