Thu. Oct 6th, 2022

Say one thing for the British Royal Family, say that it’s large. It’s easy to forget that it extends beyond its most famous members – the late Queen Elizabeth, King Charles, Prince William, Prince Harry – etc. In actual fact, there are plenty of figures who just don’t see the spotlight that often.

One of them is Laura Lopes. She’s the little-known step-sister of William and Harry – and instead of gaining fame via the Royal Family, she’s gone her own way with her own career.

So who is she? And how much is she involved in what’s going on in the Royal Family at the moment? Here’s is all you need to know!

The British Royal Family has always been of huge interest to a large portion of the world and in these days, with the death of the Queen, everyone is talking about what’s going on within the Royal family.

As of late, though, they’ve been in the spotlight for some sad reasons.

As many of you know, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle decided to leave the Royal Family in 2020. Then their Oprah Winfrey interview sent shockwaves through Buckingham Palace.

The revelations made the relationship between Harry and Meghan and the Royal Family unsustainable – but after the Queen’s tragic passing we maintain a small glimmer of hope that they will be able to sort things out.

A first try to rebuild bridges burned happened at Prince Philip’s funeral. Queen Elizabeth’s beloved husband passed away at the age of 99. When the Royal Family paid their last goodbyes to the prince, Harry was in attendance, having flown over from the U.S.

All told, about 30 family members were present, and that alone shows how big the Royal Family really is. Of course, there are plenty of family members who have been outside of the spotlight for the majority of their lives. One such character is the aforementioned Laura Lopes, step-sister of Prince William and Prince Harry.

She’s not someone who’s been seen in interviews, waving from the balcony of Buckingham Palace or posing with the Queen, but it turns out she’s actually been at some of the biggest events in recent years.

Not only that, but she’ll probably have the opportunity to become a Duchess as Charles takes the throne.

This is all you need to know about Laura Lopes!

Laura Lopes was born on January 1, 1978. Her mother is Camilla, and her father is Andrew Parker Bowles. So how did she end up within the Royal Family?

Camilla married Andrew Parker Bowles, a British Army officer, in 1973. The couple then divorced in 1995 – 10 years later, Camilla married Charles.

Laura was 17 when her parents divorced. Speculation suggested that her father had many affairs during the marriage – some of them with Camilla’s close friends, according to author Penny Junor.

Camilla and Charles’ subsequent love story was equally as complicated, and to some people, not all that nice.

According to King Charles’ authorized biography, as quoted by Town & Country, their affair had already started by 1986. At that time, Charles was still married to Princes Diana, and she found out about it.

In 1989, Diana confronted Camilla over the affair, telling her to back off.

“I know what’s going on between you and Charles and I just want you to know that,” Camilla recalled Diana saying in a tape released by The Telegraph, as quoted by Town & Country.

“[Diana] said to me: ‘You’ve got everything you ever wanted. You’ve got all the men in the world falling in love with you and you’ve got two beautiful children, what more do you want?’”

“So I said, ‘I want my husband.’ And I said, ‘I’m sorry I’m in the way and it must be hell for both of you. But I do know what’s going on. Don’t treat me like an idiot,’” Camilla explained.

Camilla and Andrew divorced in 1995, and the following year, Charles and Diana divorced as well. The Princess’ tragic passing in 1997 sent shockwaves throughout the entire world, leaving Harry and William without their beloved mother.

As Harry and William grew up, their step-sister Laura Lopes were often around. She is four years older than William, and six years older than Harry.

They played together, though it seems that they weren’t best friends. According to royal reporter Katie Nicholl’s book Harry and William from 2010, William and Laura did NOT get along back in the day.

“William and Laura used to have terrible fights over who was to blame for their broken homes,” Nicholl wrote.

“William would blame Camilla for all the hurt she had caused his mother, which would send Laura into a rage. Laura was not having any of it. She would take a hard line and fire back at William, ‘Your father has ruined my life.’”

Laura might have grown up playing with her step-brothers, but she didn’t choose a royal path. She attended a Catholic girls boarding school in Dorset, later studying Art History and Marketing at Oxford Brookes University.

In the early 2000s, she was a motoring correspondent for the British society magazine Tatler. Laura later moved on to art and was the manager of The Space Gallery in London. Then, in 2005, she founded her own art gallery, Eleven, in the English capital.

Laura has a brother, Tom, as well, which makes him a step-brother to William and Harry. The pair have kept themselves out of the spotlight and haven’t really done interviews. In 2019, though, Tom decided to speak out on their low profile.

“My mother married into the Royal Family. She’s part of it,” he said. “We’re the common children. We’re just on the side.”

In 2006, Laura tied the knot with businessman Harry, who’s also been a model for Calvin Klein.

Laura wore a beautiful Anna Valentine dress for her wedding. The same designer actually designed the dress her mother wore to marry Charles the previous year.

Both William and Harry attended the wedding of Harry and Laura. Kate Middleton was present as well, though she sat separately from the two princes as she was “unofficial girlfriend” of William at the time.

In 2007, Laura and her husband Harry welcomed their first daughter, Eliza. Two years later, their twin boys Gus and Louis were born. They are the step-nieces of William, Kate Middleton, Harry, and Meghan Markle.

Marriages seem to be one of the rare occasions that Laura actually is seen in public alongside the Royal Family. She was very much involved in the wedding of William and Kate Middleton in 2011, as her youngest daughter Eliza was a flower girl. Laura and Harry were also in attendance at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in May, 2018.

A senior royal insider claimed that Charles and his two sons had a meeting following the funeral of Prince Philip. Even so, according to royal expert Angela Levin, Charles won’t be taking Harry’s side at all.

Back then, Charles was planning to “ditch” Meghan and Harry from the Royal Family once he became king, the source said.

“Prince Charles has wanted for a very long time to cut the monarchy down to save costs and to make people be worth the money that they got from the taxpayer,” Levin said on TalkRADIO, as quoted by the Express.

“I imagine that might be when Harry and Meghan are ditched from being members of the Royal family.”