With Sussexes gone, is this couple the other half of the new ...


With Sussexes gone, is this couple the other half of the new ‘Fab Four’?

He's William’s childhood pal, she’s Prince George’s teacher. And they’re in the Cambridges’ ‘circle of trust’

Camilla Tominey

The recent marriage of Thomas van Straubenzee to Lucy Lanigan-O’Keeffe would have been unremarkable were it not for their rumoured royal matchmakers. Having been besties with Van Straubenzee since their Ludgrove Prep school days, Prince William and his wife Kate are suspected to have introduced the property consultant to his blooming bride – who just happens to teach at the London school attended by Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

The Cambridges’ supposed Cilla Black moment in setting up the Thomas’s Battersea school mistress, 32, with Charlotte’s godfather, Thomas, 38, caps a long history of fierce friendship between the Van Straubenzees and the Windsors. With the Duke and Duchess of Sussex now having settled in the California coastal county of Santa Barbara, some in royal circles are even suggesting that the newlyweds are now the true second couple in the so-called “Fab Four” – especially in light of last week’s revelations in Finding Freedom, the controversially hagiographic Harry and Meghan biography.

As Joe Little, the managing editor of Majesty magazine, put it: “You don’t get any more trusted than the Van Straubenzees. They are as close to the royals as it is possible for friends to be. They will certainly be playing an important role in William and Kate’s lives in the Sussexes’ absence.”..

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