When then-Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles back in 2005, he also became stepfather to her two children, Laura Lopes and Tom Parker Bowles.
Below, everything we know about Tom and Laura, from their professional accomplishments to family lives.
Who Is Tom Parker Bowles?
Tom Parker Bowles is the eldest child of Camilla and Andrew Parker Bowles. He was born December 18, 1974, making him 49 this year.
Tom was acquainted with Charles from a young age, with the King holding the titles of step father and godfather to Camilla’s son.
Like his royal step brothers, Tom apparently has somewhat of a wild past. In a 2017 interview with the Daily Telegraph he said, “I was naughty, partied a bit hard. When I was younger I got sacked all the time.”
These days, however, Tom is a successful food writer and critic, a career he says he got into because he “loved eating and could just about string a sentence together.”
In 2005, Tom married Sara Buys, the associate editor of Harper’s Bazaar. The pair had two children together, Lola in 2007, and Freddie in 2010, before separating in 2018.
Tom and Sara’s children have remained relatively out of the spotlight, however Freddie, now 13, will act as page boy in the upcoming coronation.
Following his divorce, Tom reportedly found love with journalist Alice Procope, who tragically died in March 2021 at the age of 42 after a battle with cancer. The pair were together for nearly two years.
Who is Laura Lopes?
Laura Lopes is the second child of Camilla and Andrew Parker Bowles. She was born on New Year’s Day in 1978, four years after her brother.
According to Town & Country, Laura attended a Catholic boarding school, before studying arts at Oxford Brookes University.
She went on to co-found Eleven, a fine art gallery in Belgravia, in 2005. A year later, she married model-turned-accountant Harry Lopes.
In January 2008, the pair welcomed their first child, Eliza. The following year, they had twin boys, Gus and Louis. Both boys will also act as page boys in the upcoming coronation, alongside cousin Freddie, as well as Prince George.
While Eliza won’t play an official role in the big day, she’s no stranger to royal events. Back in 2011, when she was just four, she was a bridesmaid at Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton.
Will Tom and Laura Parker Bowles Get Royal Titles?
Although their stepfather and mother are now the King and Queen of England, Tom and Laura’s titles will not change.
Thomas Mace-Archer Mills, found of the British Monarchists Society, told Edinburgh News, “They might be invited to functions now that their mother is going to be Queen [Consort], but they will not be undertaking any sort of official engagement or be asked to do anything which would mean them representing the British Crown.
“It is only blood royals that can and will be representing the Crown. Even though they are inclusive in the family, they are not related to the Royal Family.”