There is a lot to change for the Royals in the near future. Some titles have already been moved, but the associated tasks will be overhauled in the coming period. Will King Charles’ stepchildren also play a role? They pretty much stay away from life at court, but that might change now that their mother is queen?
You would almost think that as a stepchild of the king you are a well-known figure in royal circles. But nothing could be further from the truth: the children Camilla bore before her marriage to Charles remain largely out of the limelight.
Before we introduce you to step-siblings of William and Harry, a brief summary. After all, what about Camilla, Charles and the long time they were apart?
Camilla Shand and Andrew Parker-Bowles
In the early 1970s, Charles and Camilla were already head over heels for each other, any royal observer could see it. But as we now know, their story has become completely different. According to palace sources, the British court was not satisfied with Camilla as a match for a future king. Besides, Prince Bindingangst didn’t want to get married until he was thirty, but Camilla would rather get married now than later.
In addition, there was the handsome officer Andrew Parker-Bowles. A good friend of Charles and ex of Princess Anne (yes, that one) who has been around ever since the sixties had an on-again, off-again relationship with Camilla. The marriage between Andrew and Camilla also seems to have had a big push from their parents. Fathers Derek Parker Bowles and Bruce Shand secretly published an announcement of their engagement in The times, according to historian Sally Bedell Smith. So Andrew had to propose.
So together with Andrew, Camilla had two children. In December 1974, Tom was born as the first of the two aristocrats. His sister Laura followed in January 1978. Both children are now largely out of the limelight, so the two are not very well known in the general public. Let us introduce them to you!
Tom Parker Bowles
So first of all there is Tom. Of Charles’ two stepsons, he is most in the spotlight. Tom is very active in the culinary world as a writer and critic. He also makes the requisite appearances on British cookery shows in this role. That’s how he’s had the program for years Market kitchen presented, and regularly appears as a member of the jury in the BBC programme Master chef.
Occasionally we also see Tom side by side with his mother. In July 2022, for example, he appeared with his mother and politician/historian/acquaintance Gyles Brandreth at a celebratory lunch in honor of Camilla’s 75th birthday.
At least Tom was positive about his stepfather. In an interview with The Express in 2015 he put it this way: “Anything you want [als het op ouders aankomt]is that they are happy. My mother is unusually happy at the moment. I have always loved my stepfather; he has always been a kind, good and lovely man. A man of warmth, intelligence and humanity. Should that ever happen, he will be a great king.” By the way, Charles is more than just stepfather to Tom. He is also his godfather!
Sister Laura is several years younger than Tom, and lives her life more out of the limelight. Laura is active as a curator in the art world, and is married to a model turned businessman Harry Lopes. Nice detail: her wedding dress was made by Anna Valentine, who also designed her mother’s wedding dress for her big day with Charles.
Laura and Harry have three children: Eliza from 2008, and twin brothers Gus and Louis were born in December 2009. In April 2011, the very young Eliza also had a special role to play. She was one of the bridesmaids at the royal wedding of Will and Kate.
Laura also seems to be a big fan of the color blue. Again well copied from mother dear?
While Tom had nothing but praise for his stepfather, royalty expert Katie Nicholl claimed Laura couldn’t stand him before: “William and Laura had huge fights about who was to blame for their broken families. William blamed Camilla for everything , what she did to his mother, which infuriated Laura. Laura didn’t want to know about it. She took a hard line, firing back at William that ‘his father ruined her life,'” Nicholl wrote in the book. Harry and William. “She didn’t care that it was the Prince of Wales, she blamed him for her parents’ divorce and wasn’t afraid to make that clear to William.” aiii.
Fortunately, time has healed many of those wounds, and the stepchildren can now walk through the same door together again. Who knows, maybe we’ll see them participating in more official events in the near future!
Source: Beau Monde Archive, Town & Country Magazine | Image: Brunopress