Meet Camilla’s other family – food expert son, low-key daughter and Kate’s bridesmaid


Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, had a family before she married Prince Charles and became a royal – and she recently revealed the books she loves reading with her grandchildren

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It seems the Duchess of Cornwall likes nothing more than to sit down with her grandchildren and read a good book.

Writing exclusively for the Mirror, Camilla revealed how she likes to read the youngsters the bestseller Gangster Granny, which charts the story of a granny, who plots to steal the Queen’s Crown Jewels from The Tower of London.

Camilla is a step-grandmother to Prince William and Prince Harry’s children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor and Lilibet Mountbatten Windsor.

And she’s also a grandma to her own five grandchildren, who belong to her children from her previous marriage.

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Before she tied the knot with Prince Charles in 2005, Camilla had been married to ex-husband Andrew Parker Bowles.

The pair had two children – Tom Parker Bowles and Laura Lopes – and were married for 21 years before they divorced.

But who are Tom and Laura and what do we know about their children?

Tom Parker Bowles

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Tom is Camilla’s oldest child and was born in London in December 1974, making him 47 years old.

One of his godfathers is Prince Charles – who later became his stepdad.

Tom is a well-known food writer and often appears on food and cookery TV shows.

He has authored several books and has had his work published in magazines including Conde Nast Traveller, GQ and Esquire.

In September 2005, months after his mother’s wedding to Charles, Tom wed long-term girlfriend Sara Buys during a ceremony in Oxford.

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The couple had two children, 14-year-old daughter Lola and 12-year-old son Frederick, but split in 2018.

Later, Tom found love with journalist Alice Procope, who was a mum-of-three.

However, tragically last year, she died at the age of 42 after a battle with cancer.

Tom, who was with Ms Procope for almost two years, is said to have been left devastated by death.

A friend of his told the Daily Mail at the time: “Tom had been blissfully happy with Alice and is devastated that life can be so cruel.”

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Laura is Camilla’s daughter, who was born in 1978 in Swindon, Wiltshire.

She was educated at a Catholic girls boarding school in Dorset, and then studied History of Art and Marketing at Oxford Brookes University.

Before settling down, Laura worked as Tatler’s motoring correspondent before moving into the art world.

She first managed The Space Gallery in London and then co-founded London’s Eleven Gallery in 2005, where she was also a director.

Laura married chartered accountant Harry Lopes in Wiltshire in 2006. He went to Eton College and spent some time underwear modeling for Calvin Klein.

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On their wedding day, Laura wore an Anna Valentine dress – the same designer worn by her mother when she married Prince Charles in 2005.

Both William and Harry were guests at her wedding and she attended both of their nuptials.

In fact, her daughter Eliza was a bridesmaid for the Duchess of Cambridge at stepbrother William’s wedding in 2011 when she was just four.

Laura and Harry are also parents to twins Gus and Louis, born in 2009, with Camilla doting on all of her grandchildren.

And although Laura is not a royal, she could be in line to inherit two stately homes

That’s because her husband Harry, the son of a baron, is set to take over Gnaton Hall in Devon, as well as the Skelpick estate in the Scottish Highlands.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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