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Royal news – live: Kate Middleton health update as friends reveal Thomas Kingston ‘happy’ days before death

An update on Kate Middleton’s health has been revealed by Kensington Palace as she recovers from successful abdominal surgery at home.

The Palace told The Independent that the Princess of Wales is “doing well” on Wednesday after she underwent the planned operation for an undisclosed condition on 16 January.

It comes as a friend revealed to the Mail that Thomas Kingston and his wife were “happy and positive” at an event at the National Gallery on Wednesday, just days before his shock death.

Buckingham Palace announced the 45-year-old, who is the husband of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent’s daughter Lady Gabriella Kingston, died suddenly on Sunday evening. His body was found at an address in Gloucestershire.

Lady Gabriella, who is known as Ella, paid tribute to her financier husband in a joint statement with his family, describing him as an “exceptional man who lit up the lives of all who knew him” and calling his death a “great shock”.

The King and Queen sent their “most heartfelt thoughts and prayers”.

Meanwhile, the Duke of Sussex will seek to appeal against a High Court ruling dismissing his challenge against the Home Office over a change to the level of his personal security when he visits the UK.

Key points

  • Kate Middleton is ‘doing well’ after surgery, reveals Kensington Palace

  • Thomas Kingston was ‘happy and positive’ at event just days before shock death

  • Royal family in mourning as Lady Gabriella Kingston’s husband dies

  • Duke of Sussex will appeal against High Court ruling dismissing challenge over security

  • Prince William pulls out of godfather’s memorial service

Harry in surprise on-screen appearance at sports awards

20:39 , Barney Davis

The Duke of Sussex has made a surprise appearance on screen at the Sport Gives Back Awards in honour of a triple amputee Afghanistan veteran.

Harry paid tribute, in a video message played at the event in London, to Invictus medal-winning cyclist and fellow former soldier Josh Boggi, who won the Unconquered category.

It was Harry’s second video appearance on Wednesday, coming on the same day he lost a High Court challenge against the Home Office over a decision to change the level of his personal security when he visits the UK.

The duke, who also recorded an earlier message appealing for nominations for the WellChild Awards, is to seek to appeal against the ruling, with his lawyers saying Harry “hopes he will obtain justice”.

Queen hailed for reviving young people’s writing competition

19:40 , Barney Davis

The Queen was hailed at a Buckingham Palace awards ceremony for helping to revive a national writing competition which celebrates young talent.

Camilla helped host the BBC 500 Words event and was credited by writer and comic Charlie Higson, a member of the judging panel alongside Sir Lenny Henry, as ensuring the project’s return after a three-year hiatus.

The young finalists had their entries read in the palace’s ballroom by a group of celebrity readers who included Hollywood star Tom Hiddleston, actor Luke Evans and talent show judge Oti Mabuse.

Hiddleston told Camilla after the ceremony “We’ve had a three-year gap”, and she replied, “and I never ever thought we were going to bring it back again, but the very kind people at the BBC did listen, thought it was a good idea and here we are”.

Higson was asked if the Queen was a fan of his hit BBC comedy series The Fast Show and replied: “I’ve never asked her”, before adding mischievously: “The question everyone always wants to ask, is ‘do you watch The Crown?’ – I’ll probably be put in the Tower for treason.”

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Princess Royal thanks rugby fans for raising millions for MND Association

18:50 , Barney Davis

The Princess Royal was guest of honour at the Leeds Rhinos’ Headingley Stadium on Wednesday, as dozens of fans, and Rhinos legend Rob Burrow, gathered for afternoon tea.

The royal visitor chatted with 80 guests who have been inspired to volunteer or fundraise for the charity by Mr Burrow and his former team-mate Kevin Sinfield.

MND Association chief executive Tanya Curry greeted the Princess Royal and introduced her to many of the specially invited guests.

She said: “So many people within the rugby community have followed Rob’s journey and his friendship with Kev, and been moved to show their support by helping us to raise awareness of this brutal disease, and donating to the MND Association.

“This event was our chance to say a heartfelt thank you to them for everything they have done and we were delighted that the Princess Royal, who has been our royal patron for the last 16 years, was able to deliver that message of gratitude alongside us.”

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King continues duties with weekly Prime Minister audience

18:12 , Barney Davis

The King is holding an in-person audience with the Prime Minister on Wednesday, Buckingham Palace confirmed.

Charles, who is being treated for an undisclosed form of cancer, resumed his weekly face-to-face meeting with Rishi Sunak last week – his first since his diagnosis.

The monarch left Windsor Castle and returned to Clarence House on Tuesday, missing the service of thanksgiving for King Constantine of Greece.

The King and Mr Sunak will meet at nearby Buckingham Palace.

Although the King is continuing with duties behind the scenes, he has postponed all public-facing engagements while he undergoes treatment.

He told Mr Sunak last week how “wonderful” get well messages from the public had “reduced me to tears most of the time”.

Home Office pleased with High Court ruling on Duke of Sussex’s security

18:10 , Barney Davis

Harry took legal action against the Home Office over the February 2020 decision of the Executive Committee for the Protection of Royalty and Public Figures (Ravec) that he should receive a different degree of taxpayer-funded protection when in the country.

The court was told it was “simply incorrect” to suggest there was no evidence that the issue of impact was considered, adding that the death of Diana, Princess of Wales – Harry’s mother – was raised as part of the decision.

Following the ruling, a Home Office spokesperson said: “We are pleased that the court has found in favour of the Government’s position in this case and we are carefully considering our next steps. It would be inappropriate to comment further.

“The UK Government’s protective security system is rigorous and proportionate.

“It is our long-standing policy not to provide detailed information on those arrangements, as doing so could compromise their integrity and affect individuals’ security.”

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Prince William will seek appeal against High Court ruling on his security

17:31 , Barney Davis

The Duke of Sussex will seek to appeal against a High Court ruling dismissing his challenge over a decision to change the level of his personal security when he visits the UK, a spokesman has said.

Harry took legal action against the Home Office over the February 2020 decision of the Executive Committee for the Protection of Royalty and Public Figures (Ravec) that he should receive a different degree of taxpayer-funded protection when in the country.

Ravec’s decision came as a result of a change in the duke’s “status” after he stopped being a “full-time working member of the royal family”, a judge was told.

A legal spokesman for Harry said after the ruling that he will appeal, adding: “The duke is not asking for preferential treatment, but for a fair and lawful application of Ravec’s own rules, ensuring that he receives the same consideration as others in accordance with Ravec’s own written policy.

“The Duke of Sussex hopes he will obtain justice from the Court of Appeal, and makes no further comment while the case is ongoing.”

Queen wanted Harry and Meghan to have security despite quitting Royals

17:01 , Barney Davis

Court documents previously showed that Queen Elizabeth II wanted the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to continue to have “effective security” after they quit as working royals.

The late Queen’s private secretary, Sir Edward Young, in an apparent nod to the death of Harry’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, wrote to Sir Mark that the royal family was “mindful of tragic incidents of the past”.

During the Home Office challenge, lawyers provided evidence relating to “reckless” driving when the duke and his wife were followed by paparazzi in New York in May last year, and paparazzi causing Harry “alarm” after a charity event at Kew Gardens, London, in June 2021.

Retired High Court judge Sir Peter Lane said it was “entirely understandable” why Harry “should be particularly concerned about the activities of paparazzi, in the light of what happened to his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales”.

Kate Middleton’s health history after Prince William misses memorial service

17:00 , Tara Cobham

Prince William missed a memorial for his godfather the late King Constantine sparking concerns for Kate Middleton’s health.

Constantine died at the age of 82 in January last year, decades after being toppled from the throne in a military coup.

William, 41, called the Greek royal family to let them know he was unable to attend, and Crown Prince Pavlos stood in for the British heir to the throne who was due to give a Bible reading.

Lydia Patrick reports:

Kate Middleton’s health history after Prince William misses memorial service

Harry says he faced greater risk than his mother Princess Diana

16:31 , Barney Davis

The Duke of Sussex said he faces a greater risk than his late mother, with “additional layers of racism and extremism”, amid discussions about the future of his personal security, the High Court was told.

Harry believed his family faces an “international threat” and highlighted that terror group al Qaida had called for him to be killed during communications over his protection.

Details of the duke’s security complaints, including concerns expressed over security when he attended hearings in his litigation against newspaper publishers, were disclosed in his failed legal action against the Home Office.

In a ruling on Wednesday, retired High Court judge Sir Peter Lane dismissed Harry’s challenge over the February 2020 decision of the Executive Committee for the Protection of Royalty and Public Figures (Ravec), a body under the department’s remit, that he should receive a different degree of taxpayer-funded protection when in the UK.

The Government said that Harry’s claim should be dismissed, arguing Ravec was entitled to conclude the duke’s protection should be “bespoke” and considered on a “case-by-case” basis.

In pictures: Camilla shakes hands with Tom Hiddleston at Buckingham Palace reception

16:30 , Tara Cobham

Queen Camilla shakes hands with Tom Hiddleston during a reception at Buckingham Palace in London on Wednesday (Chris Jackson/PA Wire)
Queen Camilla shakes hands with Tom Hiddleston during a reception at Buckingham Palace in London on Wednesday (Chris Jackson/PA Wire)
Queen Camilla with Tom Hiddleston, finalists, judges and celebrity readers to celebrate the final of the BBC’s creative writing competition on Wednesday (Chris Jackson/PA Wire)
Queen Camilla with Tom Hiddleston, finalists, judges and celebrity readers to celebrate the final of the BBC’s creative writing competition on Wednesday (Chris Jackson/PA Wire)

Harry and Meghan were ‘recklessly’chased by paparazzi through New York, police confirm

16:00 , Tara Cobham

Paparazzi did chase Prince Harry and Meghan Markle “recklessly” through New York last year, police have confirmed.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex said at the time that they and Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland narrowly avoided a “catastrophic” crash while being pursued by paparazzi after leaving the Women of Vision Awards at Manhattan’s Ziegfeld Ballroom on 16 May.

In a statement that was an echo of the 1997 chase through Paris that killed Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, a spokesperson for the royal couple said in the wake of the incident: “This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians and two [police] officers.”

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Harry and Meghan were ‘recklessly’chased by paparazzi in New York, police confirm

Thomas Kingston was ‘happy and positive’ at event just days before shock death

15:44 , Tara Cobham

Thomas Kingston was “happy and positive” at an event just days before his shock death, a close friend has revealed.

The 45-year-old and his wife Lady Gabriella Kingston, who is known as Ella, attended a party at the National Gallery in central London on Wednesday, four days before he was found dead at an address in Gloucestershire.

A friend who spoke to the couple at the event told the Mail: “They seemed happy and positive as ever. Ella was particularly chatty.”

Another friend said: “It's utterly shocking. None of us saw it coming. I cannot understand it.”

Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston leave after marrying in St George’s Chapel on 18 May 2019 in Windsor, England (Getty Images)
Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston leave after marrying in St George’s Chapel on 18 May 2019 in Windsor, England (Getty Images)

Prince Harry hails ‘incredible support’ of family in new video message

15:00 , Tara Cobham

Prince Harry has hailed “the immense courage and compassion” of families, friends and professionals who support children and young people with complex medical conditions.

The Duke of Sussex, a patron of the WellChild charity, appeared in a new video message released on Wednesday 28 February, calling for nominations for the 2024 WellChild Awards.

The awards celebrate the inspirational qualities of the UK’s seriously ill children and young people, along with those who go that extra mile to make a difference to their lives.

“It allows us to shine a spotlight on the resilience and positivity that they demonstrate every single day,” Harry said.

Oliver Browning reports:

Prince Harry hails ‘incredible support’ of family in new video message

What is the status of the Duke of Sussex’s legal actions?

14:30 , Tara Cobham

The Duke of Sussex has lost his High Court challenge against the Home Office over a decision to change the level of his personal security when he visits the UK.

In a statement issued after the ruling, a spokesperson for Harry said that he would seek to appeal against the judgment, which means the duke is still involved in three legal cases in the English courts.

Here is an overview of the cases:

What is the status of the Duke of Sussex’s legal actions?

Prince Harry court case: The legal claims the Duke of Sussex has been involved in

14:00 , Tara Cobham

The Duke of Sussex has lost his High Court challenge against the government over its decision to reduce his publicly-funded protection when he is in the UK.

Prince Harry’s lawyers had argued he was being “singled out” and treated “less favourably” in the decision by the Executive Committee for the Protection of Royalty and Public Figures (Ravec) in 2020.

The decision was made in the same year Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, decided to “step back as senior members of the royal family’ as they bid to become financially independent.

Andy Gregory, Jane Dalton and Alex Ross report:

All the legal claims Prince Harry has been involved in

Police investigated ‘near catastrophic’ Sussexes car chase, hearing reveals

13:36 , Tara Cobham

Police investigated security fears raised by the Duke of Sussex over the “near catastrophic” car chase in New York in May last year, Wednesday’s hearing revealed.

The judge ruling on Prince Harry’s case against the government over his security arrangements cited a letter sent by the Chief of Intelligence in the New York City Police Department, suggesting security changes had been implemented for the Sussexes in the wake of the incident.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex claimed they narrowly avoided a “catastrophic” collision while being pursued by paparazzi after leaving the Women of Vision Awards at Manhattan’s Ziegfeld Ballroom on 16 May.

It was revealed in Wednesday’s hearing that a “thorough review” by police had “found reckless disregard of vehicle and traffic laws and persistently dangerous and unacceptable behaviour on the part of paparazzi during the night in question”. The judge noted: “They had operated vehicles, scooters and bicycles in a manner that forced the security team, which included the NYPD lead car, to take evasive actions on several occasions and a circuitous route to avoid being struck by pursuing vehicles or trapped on side blocks.”

Although no formal charges were brought, the hearing heard there was sufficient evidence to arrest two individuals for “reckless endangerment”.

Harry and Meghan arrive at New York charity event in May last year before 'near catastrophic' car chase (PA)
Harry and Meghan arrive at New York charity event in May last year before 'near catastrophic' car chase (PA)

Duke of Sussex will appeal against High Court ruling dismissing challenge over security

12:57 , Tara Cobham

The Duke of Sussex will seek to appeal against a High Court ruling dismissing his challenge over a change to the level of his personal security when he visits the UK, a spokesperson has said.

Following the ruling on Wednesday, a legal spokesperson for Prince Harry said: “The Duke of Sussex will appeal today’s judgment which refuses his judicial review claim against the decision-making body Ravec, which includes the Home Office, the Royal Household and the Met Police.

“Although these are not labels used by Ravec, three categories – as revealed during the litigation – comprise the ‘Ravec cohort’: the Role Based Category, the Occasional Category and the Other VIP Category.

“The Duke is not asking for preferential treatment, but for a fair and lawful application of Ravec’s own rules, ensuring that he receives the same consideration as others in accordance with Ravec’s own written policy.

“In February 2020, Ravec failed to apply its written policy to the Duke of Sussex and excluded him from a particular risk analysis.

“The duke’s case is that the so-called ‘bespoke process’ that applies to him, is no substitute for that risk analysis.

“The Duke of Sussex hopes he will obtain justice from the Court of Appeal, and makes no further comment while the case is ongoing.”

Duke expressed ‘disbelief’ conversations over his family’s security were had without him

12:28 , Tara Cobham

Wednesday’s hearing heard the duke expressed “disbelief” that conversations over his family’s security were being had without him.

In a letter sent on 10 February to Sir Mark Sedwill, who was Cabinet Secretary at the time, the judge also noted: “The claimant asked who would be willing to put him and his family in a position of extreme vulnerability and risk – ‘a position that no one was willing to put my mother in 23 years ago – and yet today, with greater risk, as mentioned above, with the additional layers of racism and extremism, someone is comfortable taking accountability for what could happen.’”

‘Overarching problem’ with Harry’s case is ‘inappropriate interpretation of Ravec process’, concludes judge

12:12 , Tara Cobham

A judge has ruled that the “overarching problem” with Prince Harry’s case against the government was his “inappropriate, formalist interpretation of the Ravec process”.

Retired High Court judge Sir Peter Lane said: “The decision of 28 February 2020 was obviously forward-looking in nature.”

He added: “The suggestion that the claimant should have received both a Risk Management Board analysis and a ‘bespoke’ approach ignores the witness evidence of the defendant which, for the reasons I have given, falls to be given weight.

“As already explained, that evidence shows no irrationality or other unlawfulness, as regards the Other VIP Category.”

A judge has ruled that the ‘overarching problem’ with Prince Harry’s case against the government was his ‘inappropriate, formalist interpretation of the Ravec process’ (Victoria Jones/PA Wire)
A judge has ruled that the ‘overarching problem’ with Prince Harry’s case against the government was his ‘inappropriate, formalist interpretation of the Ravec process’ (Victoria Jones/PA Wire)

‘No substance’ in duke’s claim Home Office failed to act in procedurally fair way, rules judge

11:49 , Tara Cobham

A judge has said there is “no substance” in the claim the Home Office failed to act in a procedurally fair manner towards Prince Harry over his security arrangements.

Rejecting the Duke of Sussex’s case against the government in a ruling on Wednesday, retired High Court judge Sir Peter Lane said: “There is no substance in the contention that the defendant failed to act in a procedurally fair manner.”

Home Office issues statement on ruling in duke’s legal action

11:44 , Tara Cobham

In response to Wednesday’s ruling, a Home Office spokesperson said: “We are pleased that the Court has found in favour of the government’s position in this case, and we are carefully considering our next steps. It would be inappropriate to comment further.

“The UK Government’s protective security system is rigorous and proportionate. It is our long-standing policy not to provide detailed information on those arrangements, as doing so could compromise their integrity and affect individuals’ security.”

Judge concludes Ravec’s approach was not irrational nor unfair in Harry’s case

11:40 , Tara Cobham

In a ruling on Wednesday, retired High Court judge Sir Peter Lane rejected the Duke of Sussex’s case against the government, concluding that Ravec’s approach was not irrational nor procedurally unfair.

In his 52-page partially redacted ruling, Sir Peter said Harry’s lawyers had taken “an inappropriate, formalist interpretation of the Ravec process”.

He added: “The ‘bespoke’ process devised for the claimant in the decision of 28 February 2020 was, and is, legally sound.”

Harry took legal action over the February 2020 decision of the Executive Committee for the Protection of Royalty and Public Figures (Ravec) after being told he would no longer be given the “same degree” of publicly-funded protection when in the country.

With an embattled royal family, could Harry return as the half-in, half-out Windsor?

11:25 , Tara Cobham

It’s the culmination of everything they’ve been building since they cut away from the royal family in 2020. Yet the Sussexes’ newly launched website, sussex.com, suggests a couple who still haven’t fully worked out who they are.

It’s earnest and informal, with first names and laidback lifestyle images, whilst also being unashamedly regal, with a coat of arms and official titles, even though Prince Harry promised his grandmother he’d never use his royal name for commercialisation. Many royal watchers were furious to see them still brandishing their coat of arms as non-working royals – and using the wrong heraldry no less.

But it leaves the question hanging, if they are not royal, what are they? The late Queen declined Harry’s request to be a part-time royal, and yet, reading his website you’d think this is exactly what he is. Which leads to another question: in times of need, could a hybrid Harry ever work?

Anna Tyzack reports:

Is it time for the Royal Family bring a ‘part-time’ Prince Harry in from the cold?

Prince Harry loses case against government over decision to change level of his security

11:10 , Tara Cobham

The Duke of Sussex has lost a High Court challenge against the Government over a decision to change the level of his personal security when he visits the UK.

Prince Harry took legal action against the Home Office over the February 2020 decision of the Executive Committee for the Protection of Royalty and Public Figures (Ravec) that he should receive a different degree of protection when in the country.

Following a hearing in December, retired High Court judge Sir Peter Lane issued his ruling over the case at the Royal Courts Of Justice in central London on Wednesday.

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Prince Harry loses legal challenge against Home Office over security arrangements

Duke of Sussex loses High Court challenge against Home Office over security arrangements

11:06 , Tara Cobham

The Duke of Sussex has lost his High Court challenge against the Home Office over a decision to change the level of his taxpayer-funded personal security when he visits the UK.

High Court judgment over Duke of Sussex’s personal security is imminent

10:41 , Tara Cobham

The Duke of Sussex will imminently discover whether he has won a High Court challenge against the Government over a decision to change the level of his personal security when he visits the UK.

Harry took legal action against the Home Office over the February 2020 decision of the Executive Committee for the Protection of Royalty and Public Figures (Ravec) that he should receive a different degree of protection when in the country.

Following a hearing in December, retired High Court judge Sir Peter Lane is set to issue his ruling over the case at 10.30am on Wednesday.

Kate Middleton is ‘doing well’ after surgery, reveals Kensington Palace

10:06 , Tara Cobham

Kate Middleton is “doing well” as she recovers from her successful abdominal surgery at home, Kensington Palace has revealed.

The Palace told The Independent of the Princess of Wales’ health update on Wednesday after she underwent the planned operation for an undisclosed condition on 16 January and spent the following couple of weeks recovering in hospital.

Thomas Kingston smiles lovingly at Lady Gabriella Windsor in resurfaced wedding video

08:00 , Tara Cobham

Thomas Kingston smiles lovingly at his wife Lady Gabriella Windsor in a resurfaced video of their wedding at St George’s Chapel in May 2019.

The late Queen Elizabeth led the royal family at the wedding and was joined by the Duke of Sussex, and the Duke of Edinburgh.

Kingston, 45, was found dead at an address in the Cotswolds on Sunday evening (25 February). Emergency services were called to the scene shortly after 6pm.

An inquest will be held to establish the cause of death but there are no suspicious circumstances and no other parties are thought to have been involved.

Thomas Kingston smiles lovingly at Lady Gabriella Windsor in resurfaced wedding video following sudden death00:27

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Thomas Kingston smiles lovingly at Lady Gabriella Windsor in resurfaced wedding video

Harry awaits judgment in High Court challenge over change to personal security

07:42 , Tara Cobham

The Duke of Sussex is to discover whether he has won a High Court challenge against the Government over a decision to change the level of his personal security when he visits the UK.

Harry took legal action against the Home Office over the February 2020 decision of the Executive Committee for the Protection of Royalty and Public Figures (Ravec) that he should receive a different degree of protection when in the country.

Following a hearing in December, retired High Court judge Sir Peter Lane is set to issue his ruling over the case on Wednesday.

Tom Pilgrim reports:

Harry awaits judgment in High Court challenge over change to personal security

Watch: Prince William pulling out of memorial ‘nothing to do with Kate’, expert says

07:00 , Namita Singh

Watch: Duke and Duchess of York attend memorial service

06:00 , Alexander Butler

Prince and Princess Michael of Kent attended King Constantine’s memorial service

05:45 , Namita Singh

Lady Gabriella’s parents Prince and Princess Michael of Kent attended the service for the late King Constantine II of Greece on Tuesday in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.Constantine was Lady Gabriella’s godfather and attended her wedding.

The Prince of Wales, also a godchild of the former Greek monarch, pulled out of attending at the last minute, but his absence was due to a personal matter and was understood not to be connected to news of Thomas Kingston’s death.

Thomas Kingston: A man with humble beginnings

05:15 , Namita Singh

Thomas Kingston, born on 22 June 1978, is survived by his father Martin Kingston KC, mother Jill Mary Kingston and his sisters, Joanna Connolly and Emma Murray. His father was educated at a secondary modern before enjoying a hugely successful career as a KC, specialising in planning law. He announced his retirement from No5 Chambers in January 2020.

The barrister was also elected to the General Synod in 2016.

Mr Kingston’s mother, Jill, is also deeply involved with the church and is a trustee of the Harnhill Centre of Christian Healing and runs Nadezhda Charitable Trust, that particularly focuses on welfare in Zimbabwe, reported The Telegraph.

A statement on behalf of Lady Gabriella, Mr Martin and Mrs Jill Kingston, Mrs Joanna Connolly and Mrs Emma Murray said: “It is with the deepest sorrow that we announce the death of Thomas Kingston, our beloved husband, son and brother.

“Tom was an exceptional man who lit up the lives of all who knew him. His death has come as a great shock to the whole family and we ask you to respect our privacy as we mourn his passing.”

Lady Gabriella and Thomas Kingston’s wedding six years ago

05:00 , Namita Singh

Lady Gabriella and Thomas Kingston had been dating for a number of years when he proposed while they were on the island of Sark in August 2018.

The pair married in May 2019 in a noon ceremony at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

Their wedding at the 15th-century venue came less than a year after the star-studded nuptials of Duke and Duchess of Sussex in May 2018 and Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank in October the same year.

Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston leave after marrying in St George’s Chapel on 18 May 2019 in Windsor, England (Getty Images)
Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston leave after marrying in St George’s Chapel on 18 May 2019 in Windsor, England (Getty Images)

In attendance were the late Queen and late Duke of Edinburgh, with Harry leaving wife Meghan and then newborn son Archie at home to attend the ceremony.

Among the guests at the service were the Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, designer Nicky Haslam and the family of the Princess of Wales, her parents Carole and Michael Middleton and siblings Pippa and James, who were joined by their partners.

The wedding reception was held at Frogmore House, where Meghan and Harry staged their wedding dinner.

Who is Thomas Kingston?

04:45 , Namita Singh

Thomas Kingston was a financier who married into the royal family after a summer proposal on the island of Sark almost six years ago.

Mr Kingston’s career was broadly focused on finance, with a range of credentials including his most recent position as a director of Devonport Capital, which specialises in providing finance for companies in “frontier economies”.

But he started out in the Foreign Office, according to Devonport Capital’s website.

Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston leave after marrying in St George’s Chapel on 18 May 2019 in Windsor, England (Getty Images)
Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston leave after marrying in St George’s Chapel on 18 May 2019 in Windsor, England (Getty Images)

In 2003, he became project manager for a “government sponsored conflict resolution project” in Iraq.

According to the Telegraph, he was in Baghdad, working for the release of hostages after joining the Foreign Office’s Diplomatic Missions Unit.

In 2006, Mr Kingston joined Schroder’s Asset Management in London before joining Voltan Capital Management in 2012.

Five years later, he became a director of Devonport Capital Ltd.

He was a Bristol University graduate, having obtained a bachelor’s degree in economic history, and a chartered financial analyst.

King and Queen sent ‘heartfelt thoughts and prayers’ to Lady Gabriella

04:15 , Namita Singh

The King and Queen sent their “most heartfelt thoughts and prayers” to Lady Gabriella, who is known as Ella, and Thomas Kingston’s parents and siblings.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: “The King and the Queen have been informed of Thomas’s death and join Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and all those who knew him in grieving a much-loved member of the family.

Britain’s King Charles, Britain’s Queen Camilla, Lady Gabriella Kingston and  Thomas Kingston  watch the Wokingham handicap from the Royal Box on the final day of the Royal Ascot horse racing meeting in Ascot, west of London, on 24 June 2023 (AFP via Getty Images)
Britain’s King Charles, Britain’s Queen Camilla, Lady Gabriella Kingston and Thomas Kingston watch the Wokingham handicap from the Royal Box on the final day of the Royal Ascot horse racing meeting in Ascot, west of London, on 24 June 2023 (AFP via Getty Images)

“In particular, Their Majesties send their most heartfelt thoughts and prayers to Gabriella and to all the Kingston family.”

King Charles absent from memorial service as he recovers from cancer treatment

04:00 , Alexander Butler

King Charles was expected to be absent from today’s memorial service as he continues to recover from cancer treatment.

Charles, who has been staying at Windsor Castle, reportedly left the Berkshire residence this morning.

Dozens of European royals travelled to Windsor to attend the service for the late King Constantine of Greece at St George’s Chapel. However, Charles is not expected to meet privately with them.

In William’s absence, Constantine’s eldest son Crown Prince Pavlos stepped in to give the reading.

Thomas Kingston: Financier who married into Royal family.

03:34 , Namita Singh

Thomas Kingston married Lady Gabriella at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in 2019 with Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, the late Duke of Edinburgh, among the guests.

Mr Kingston was a director of Devonport Capital, which specialises in providing finance for companies in “frontier economies”.

The Bristol University graduate had also worked in Baghdad, Iraq, working to procure the release of hostages after joining the Diplomatic Missions Unit of the Foreign Office.He was a close friend of Pippa Matthews - the Princess of Wales’s sister - and the pair were said to have dated in 2011.

Who is William’s godfather?

03:30 , Namita Singh

The late King Constantine of Greece was a first cousin once removed and sailing partner of the late Duke of Edinburgh.

He was a close friend of King Charles, who made him William’s godfather.

He died in January last year, aged 82, decades after being toppled from the throne in a military coup.

Royal family in mourning as Lady Gabriella Kingston’s husband dies

03:15 , Namita Singh

Thomas Kingston, the husband of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent’s daughter Lady Gabriella Kingston, has died suddenly at the age of 45, Buckingham Palace has announced.

Lady Gabriella paid tribute to her financier husband in a joint statement with his family, describing him as an “exceptional man who lit up the lives of all who knew him”.They described his death as a “great shock to the whole family”.

Thomas Kingston and Lady Gabriella Kingston arrives to attend a Service of Thanksgiving for Britain’s Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey in central London on 29 March 2022 (AFP via Getty Images)
Thomas Kingston and Lady Gabriella Kingston arrives to attend a Service of Thanksgiving for Britain’s Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey in central London on 29 March 2022 (AFP via Getty Images)

A statement released on behalf of Lady Gabriella Kingston, Mr Martin and Mrs Jill Kingston, Mrs Joanna Connolly and Mrs Emma Murray, said: “It is with the deepest sorrow that we announce the death of Thomas Kingston, our beloved husband, son and brother.

“Tom was an exceptional man who lit up the lives of all who knew him. His death has come as a great shock to the whole family and we ask you to respect our privacy as we mourn his passing.”

‘Death not treated as suspicious’

02:54 , Namita Singh

Gloucestershire Constabulary has said it was called by the ambulance service about the death of Thomas Kingston, the husband of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent’s daughter Lady Gabriella Kingston.

The force said: “We were called by the ambulance service at 6.25pm on Sunday with a report of the death of a 45-year-old man at an address in the Cotswolds.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.”

Who is Thomas Kingston?

21:06 , Barney Davis

Thomas Kingston was a financier who married into the royal family after a summer proposal on the island of Sark almost six years ago.

Mr Kingston’s career was broadly focused on finance, with a range of credentials including his most recent position as a director of Devonport Capital, which specialises in providing finance for companies in “frontier economies”.

But he started out in the Foreign Office, according to Devonport Capital’s website.

Who is Thomas Kingston? Husband of Lady Gabriella Windsor found dead aged 45

Prince William pulls out of godfather’s memorial service over ‘personal reasons’, says Kensington Palace

02:00 , Alexander Butler

William has pulled out of attending a memorial service for his godfather, the late King Constantine of Greece, due to a personal matter.

It comes as the Princess of Wales is recovering from abdominal surgery. Kensington Palace said she continues to be doing well.

William was due to deliver a reading at the memorial but called the Greek royal family to notify them that he was unable to attend the service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

The late King Constantine of Greece, who died in January last year, was William’s godfather and was close to his second cousin King Charles.

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Thomas Kingston’s death not being treated as suspicious

Tuesday 27 February 2024 21:44 , Katy Clifton

Gloucestershire Constabulary has said it was called by the ambulance service about the death of Thomas Kingston, the husband of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent’s daughter Lady Gabriella Kingston.

The force said: “We were called by the ambulance service at 6.25pm on Sunday with a report of the death of a 45-year-old man at an address in the Cotswolds.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.”

Prince and Princess Michael of Kent attended the memorial service for King Constantine of Greece

Tuesday 27 February 2024 20:42 , Michelle Del Rey

The couple attended the memorial service on Tuesday, just a couple of days after learning about the passing of their son-in-law.

Prince William pulls out of godfather’s memorial service due to ‘personal matter’

Tuesday 27 February 2024 20:30 , Ellie Muir

The Prince of Wales abruptly pulled out of attending the memorial service for the late King Constantine of Greece at Windsor Castle due to a ‘personal matter’ earlier today.

Kensington Palace would not elaborate further but said the Princess of Wales, who is recovering from abdominal surgery, continues to be doing well.

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Prince William pulls out of godfather’s memorial service due to ‘personal matter’

Thomas Kingston worked at investment firm before his death

Tuesday 27 February 2024 20:15 , Michelle Del Rey

Mr Kingston served as a director at Devonport Capital, an investment firm located in London. He had a bachelor’s degree in economic history from Bristol University, according to his company’s website. Prior to his post at Devonport Capital, he worked at Schroders and Voltan Capital.

Thomas Kingston previously dated Pippa Middleton

Tuesday 27 February 2024 19:46 , Michelle Del Rey

Thomas Kingston previously dated Pippa Middleton. The pair ended their relationship around 2011 but remained good friends. Lady Gabriella Kingston and her husband attended Ms Middleton’s wedding to James Matthews in 2017.

King Charles absent from memorial service as he recovers from cancer treatment

Tuesday 27 February 2024 12:07 , Ellie Muir

King Charles was expected to be absent from today’s memorial service as he continues to recover from cancer treatment.

Charles, who has been staying at Windsor Castle, reportedly left the Berkshire residence this morning.

Dozens of European royals travelled to Windsor to attend the service for the late King Constantine of Greece at St George’s Chapel. However, Charles is not expected to meet privately with them.

In William’s absence, Constantine’s eldest son Crown Prince Pavlos stepped in to give the reading.