In a world where Prince Harry can not hit a bee without making headlines, it seems incredible that there is a very close member of the royal family of which we know almost nothing.
And yet, how much have you read about Laura Lopes?
The 40-year-old daughter of Prince Charles’s wife, Camilla Parker-Bowles, has been a half-sister to two of the most talked-about people in the world, Prince William and Prince Harry, for more than 13 years.
Ms. Lopes’s older brother, food critic Tom Parker Bowles, leads a slightly more prominent life. He is known for appearing as a judge on several television food series and even appeared on Channel 9’s short-time TV series “The Hotplate.”
Parker Bowles, 43, has been a contributing editor at GQ, food editor at Esquire magazine, and is currently a food critic and columnist for “The Mail on Sunday.”
However, Ms. Lopes has managed to stay almost completely out of the limelight over the years, despite being a stepfather of the Queen of England.
One thing is clear: she has a very good relationship with her stepbrothers. Ms. Lopes made the coveted guest list for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011, and the last weekend of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
His young daughter Eliza was even one of Kate’s bridesmaids, and carved a famous worm-shaped toy, given by Prince Harry, in the official photos of royalty.
Mrs. Lopes and her brother grew up in Wiltshire, in southwestern England, the children of Andrew and Camilla Parker Bowles.
He became Tatler’s correspondent in 2001, while his brother Tom was a food columnist in the same magazine, before becoming a co-founder and director of an art gallery in London.
He married the public accountant and former Calvin Klein model Harry Lopes in 2006, at a luxury ceremony in Lacock, in the Wiltshire countryside, which featured a guest list that included Prince William and his girlfriend Kate, as well as to Prince Harry.
Ms. Lopes’s husband may have married the British royal family, but he has some rather extravagant connections in his own right. He is the son of a baron and is in the line of inheriting Gnaton Hall in Devon in England, as well as the Skelpick estate in the Scottish Highlands.
Along with Eliza, 10, the couple also shares eight-year-old twins, Gus and Louis.