If anyone is in need of further proof they have no chance in hell of marrying a prince, it's been announced that Prince William's cousin is marrying Pippa Middleton's ex - indicating that those Royals don't appear to be fans of straying too far out of their extended family.
Lady Gabriella Windsor, who is 50th in line to the thrown, and Thomas Kingston have been dating for a number of years (they were first spotted together in 2015), and he proposed to her while they were holidaying on the isle of Sark earlier this summer.
Buckingham Palace revealed the happy news in a statement saying: “Prince and Princess Michael of Kent are delighted to announce the engagement of their daughter Lady Gabriella Windsor to Mr. Thomas Kingston.
"Lady Gabriella (known as ‘Ella’) is a Senior Director at Branding Latin America, a brand-positioning platform that specialises in the region. She is also a writer and contributes to The London Magazine. Mr. Kingston works in frontier market investment and is a Director of Devonport Capital.”
When did Thomas Kingston date Pippa Middleton?
Kingston dated Middleton briefly in 2011 after she split from cricketer Alex Loudon. The pair remain good friends, and he and Lady Gabriella attended her wedding to James Matthews in May last year.
Who is Lady Gabriella?
Lady Gabriella, 37, known as 'Ella' to her friends, is the daughter of Queen Elizabeth‘s cousin, Prince Michael of Kent, and 50th in line to the throne - behind her father, older brother Lord Frederick Windsor and her two young nieces, Maud and Isabella Windsor.
She graduated from Brown University with a BA degree in Comparative Literature in 2004. and earned an MPhil in Social Anthropology from Linacre College, Oxford, in 2012. As mentioned in the Palace's statement, she is now Senior Director at Branding Latin America, which is based in Knightsbridge.
When will the wedding take place?
There hasn't been an official announcement re the date of the upcoming nuptials, but it's expected to take place in Spring 2019.
Congratulations to the happy couple!