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Irish teacher to wed Prince William's best friend

Lucy Lanigan-O'Keeffe
Lucy Lanigan-O'Keeffe

By Aoife Kelly

An Irish teacher who works at the London school attended by Prince George is to marry Prince William's best friend.

Lucy Lanigan-O'Keeffe (31) is now engaged to Thomas van Straubenzee (36) following his proposal last week, according to the Sunday Times.

Ms Lanigan-O'Keeffe  is originally from Kilkenny and is a sister of Olympic pentathlete Arthur Lanigan-O'Keeffe and daughter of barrister Stephen Lanigan-O'Keeffe.

She is assistant head teacher at Thomas's London Day School, Clapham, and the Sunday Times reports that she also teaches outdoor learning and mindfulness.

Mr van Straubenzee, meanwhile, owns a property business and was previously married to Lady Melissa Percy, but they split in 2016 after three years together. He is a good friend of Prince William and godfather to Princess Charlotte while his brother Charlie is also friends with Prince Harry.

Both Harry and William attended Thomas's previous wedding in 2013 and both Thomas and Charlie were ushers at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex last year.

It is expected that William will be an usher at the forthcoming wedding and that Prince George and Charlotte will also be involved in the ceremony.

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