William and Harry’s hidden step-siblings joined the royals for the Queen’s funeral

The first divorcee to become Queen Consort certainly had life before the throne.

Fans of the royal family have known the late Queen Elizabeth II’s grandchildren for decades.

But now that King Charles III. and his wife Camila are heads of state, a few other royal offspring are stepping into the spotlight.

Camila’s two children from her first marriage, Laura Lopes and Tom Parker Bowles, made a surprise appearance at the monarch’s September 19 state funeral.

The royal family gathered at Westminster Abbey on Monday for the funeral service for Her Majesty after she passed away on September 8 at the age of 96.

Prince William and Prince Harry’s step-sister and step-brother are the children of Camila, 75, and her ex-husband Andrew Parker Bowles.

The former Duchess of Cornwall was married to the 82-year-old retired British Army officer from 1973 to 1995.

Camila and Charles, 73, were married in 2005.

Tom, 45, has two children with his wife Sara. He is well known in the UK as a food writer and critic, having authored several cookbooks and appeared in publications such as GQ, Esquire and The Mail on Sunday.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Children of the Queen Consort, Laura Lopes and Tom Parker Bowles, arrive with their family at Westminster Abbey ahead of Queen Elizabeth II's State Funeral on September 19, 2022 in London, England.  Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born on April 21, 1926 in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London.  She married Prince Philip in 1947 and acceded to the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her father, King George VI.  Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on 8 September 2022 and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Laura Lopes and Tom Parker-Bowles at the Queen’s funeral on Monday.
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Laura Lopes and her children arrive for the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19 in London, England.
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Meanwhile, Lopes, 44, is a mother of three with husband Harry Lopes, an accountant. Her work as an English art curator began at London’s The Space Gallery and founded the Eleven Gallery in 2005.

The Prince of Wales, 40, and the founder of Invictus Games, 38, were guests at their wedding in 2006. Their dress was designed by Anna Valentine, who also dressed Camila during her controversial wedding to then-Prince Charles in 2005.

Lopes later attended Harry and Williams’ weddings to their respective wives, Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton. Their daughter, Eliza, was a bridesmaid at William and Kate’s wedding in 2011 when she was just four years old.

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Prince Harry, Prince William, Tom and Laura Parker-Bowles in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle after the wedding of King Charles III and Camilla Parker-Bowles in 2005.
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Princes William and Harry share a laugh with step-siblings Laura Lopes and Tom Parker Bowles after Prince Charles and Camila’s wedding ceremony.
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However, none of Camila’s children will receive royal titles as she is now Queen Consort.

“Tom and Laura will remain exactly the same, their names will not change,” Joe Little, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, told Page Six on Sept. 9.

Furthermore, the two do not automatically receive security from Scotland Yard’s royal guards, who look after senior members of the firm.

Little said: “If they didn’t need security until now, they won’t get it when rule changes – unless it’s needed. But of course they don’t get security.”

“They’re both relatively low-key considering their connections, and that’s how they like it,” he added. “They value their privacy. Normally they would be very in the background.”

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