Who Are Prince William and Prince Harry's Step-Siblings?
There's no denying that the institution of the British monarchy is steeped in tradition. But Prince Charles's blended branch of "the firm," as it the royal family is sometimes called, is decidedly modern. When the Prince of Wales married Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005, he became the stepfather to two children from her first marriage to Andrew Parker-Bowles, and she became stepmother to Harry and William.
In advance of Prince Harry's nuptials to Meghan Markle, here's everything you need to know about his step-siblings, Lisa Lopes and Tom Parker Bowles.
TOM PARKER BOWLES
Camilla's oldest child, Tom Parker Bowles, has the curious honor of having Prince Charles as both a stepfather and a godfather. Born on December 18, 1974, he is primarily known as a successful food writer.
"I was naughty, partied a bit hard. When I was younger I got sacked all the time," Parker Bowles said recently in an interview about his career, perhaps alluding to his reported drug use in the late '90s. "But I loved eating and could just about string a sentence together, so I thought I could write about food."
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, with her son Tom Parker Bowles at the launch of his cookbook 'Fortnum & Mason: The Cook Book.'
In September of 2005, he married fashion editor Sara Buys. The couple
Tom Parker Bowles and his wife Sara on their wedding day in 2005.
It is expected that he will be at Harry's wedding in May.
Laura with her mother and brother at the Cheltenham Festival in 2015.
Born on New Year's Day in 1978, Lopes is Camilla's youngest child and only daughter. Growing up, she attended Catholic boarding school and later Oxford Brookes University before launching into a career in the arts.
After managing the Space Gallery in London, she co-founded Eleven, a fine art gallery in Belgravia, in 2005. Just one year later in 2006, she married Harry Lopes, a former Calvin Klein model-turned-chartered accountant (roughly the equivalent of a certified public accountant in the States). Princes William and Harry were both in attendance at the wedding.
Laura Parker Bowles and Harry Lopes on their wedding day in 2006.
Laura and her husband now have three children: Eliza, who was born in January 2008, and twin boys, Gus and Louis, who were born in December of 2009.
While Laura, now 40-years-old, keeps a relatively low-profile, she reportedly gets along very well with her stepbrothers, and will most likely be a guest at Harry's wedding in May. Back in 2011, her daughter Eliza was a bridesmaid in Will and Kate's wedding.
Charles and Camilla with Lopes's daughter Eliza at the royal wedding in 2011.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
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