Did you know Prince William and Prince Harry had a sister? The family isn’t intentionally keeping her a secret, but Laura Lopes is William and Harry’s lesser-known step-sister, and she was on the guest list for Harry and Meghan’s recent royal wedding.
Closer Weekly is reporting that Lopes is the daughter of Camilla Parker Bowles, Prince Charles’ second wife – who was at first his mistress during his marriage to Princess Diana and then his girlfriend after they divorced. The Duchess of Cornwall’s first husband was British Army Officer Andrew Parker Bowles, and they had two children: Tom, 43, and Laura, 40.
Laura attended a Catholic boarding school in Dorset and studied marketing and art history at Oxford Brookes University. She then had different jobs in the 2000s. She had an internship at Venice art museum and was an author of automotive articles for a British magazine, as well as the manager at the Space Gallery in London. She also co-founded and directed London’s Eleven Gallery.
In 2006 Laura married Harry Lopes, who is a former Calvin Klein underwear model turned accountant. He went to school at Eton and is the son of a baron who is in line to inherit Gnaton Hall in Devon and Skelpick Estate in the Scottish Highlands.
When they got married, Laura wore an Anna Valentine dress, just like her mom did when she married Prince Charles in 2005.
Laura also worked with her brother Tom Parker Bowles at the British magazine Tatler, and he stuck with journalism and became a popular and well-known food critic in the U.K. He is the author of five books and has won awards for his writing. Tom has also hosted several food shows and appeared on MasterChef. He is married to fashion editor Sara Buys, and they are the parents of one daughter and one son.
Laura and Harry also have children – 9-year-old twins Gus and Louis and 10-year-old daughter Eliza, who served as a bridesmaid at William and Kate’s wedding in 2011.
Both Laura and Tom don’t actively avoid the spotlight, but that doesn’t keep some media outlets from calling her William and Harry’s “secret” sister. But, Prince William and Kate flew thousands of miles from Mustique for Laura’s wedding day, while Prince Harry flew back from Cape Town. So, they have appeared in public together before, and made huge efforts to be with each other for major life events.