Lady Gabriella Windsor, 37, announced her engagement to Thomas Kingston

Lady Gabriella Windsor

Years and years ago, I remember reading a Vogue profile of Lady Gabriella “Ella” Windsor. Vogue completely whitewashed over the fact that Ella’s mother is the super-racist Princess Michael of Kent and that her side of the family really isn’t considered to be much of anything within the royal family. Vogue made Ella sound like the perfect blonde savior of the royals, because again, this was years ago. It was when Prince William and then-Kate Middleton had just graduated from university, if I remember correctly. Anyway, nothing much came of it. Ella continued to be a minor royal and she lives a somewhat quiet existence after failing to become a “thing” in her 20s. From what I gather, she’s just something of a society girl – invited to many good parties and maybe some fashion shows and that’s about it. Well, Ella is getting married. That’s the news – she’s engaged.

There’s now yet another royal wedding to look forward to! As the British royals prepare for the celebration of Princess Eugenie’s wedding next month, Buckingham Palace announced on Wednesday that Lady Gabriella Windsor is engaged. Gabriella — the daughter of one of Queen Elizabeth’s cousins, Prince Michael of Kent — is set to marry Thomas Kingston in spring 2019.

Prince Michael and his wife Princess Michael are “delighted” with the news, the palace said in a statement. Mr. Kingston popped the question last month on Sark, one of the Channel Islands just off the coast of France. The palace statement said, “Prince and Princess Michael of Kent are delighted to announce the engagement of their daughter Lady Gabriella Windsor to Mr. Thomas Kingston. The engagement took place in August. Lady Gabriella (known as ‘Ella’) is a Senior Director at Branding Latin America, a brand-positioning platform that specializes in the region. She is also a writer and contributes to The London Magazine,” the statement continued. “Mr. Kingston works in frontier market investment and is a Director of Devonport Capital.”

[From People]

In case you’re wondering, Ella is 37 years old. And she’s an expert at branding? Branding Latin American countries specifically? God knows. Anyway, I like that she’s 37 years old – not every wedding has to feature a 20-something bride in virginal white. But the most interesting thing will be who gets invited to the wedding and who goes. Do people go out of the way to avoid Ella’s wedding just because her mother is a racist a–hole? Will Ella even invite the Duchess of Sussex, and would Meghan even go?

Here’s Ella’s engagement portrait. Her fiance is kind of hot?

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  1. JAC says:

    She looks like a slightly homelier version of Maria Sharapova.

  2. Ty says:

    Well she probably would have family and friends to invite.

    If she was invited to Sussex wedding she will invite back.

    If I remember, Sussexes did not invite a lot of second and third cousins. So maybe they will not be invited.

    • MissM says:

      She wasn’t invited to the Sussex wedding. She was a playmate of the Wales boys when they were kids since they all lived at Kensington Palace but they dont seem to have much of a relationship now. Neither William or Harry were invited to her brothers wedding so I doubt we will see them at Gabriellas.

      In addition, it’s not really fair to drag this girl because her mother is a POS.

  3. Digital Unicorn says:

    What a very incestuous circle the royals weave – he’s Pippa’s ex.

    • Jegede says:

      He’s also the ex of another relentless social climber Natalie Hicks.

      Natalie ingratited herself with the titled crew at Bristol Uni, made sure to be photographed with William at all costs an ditched her old friends once she was inducted into that ‘set’.

      Nats did better than Pippa though.
      She married the son of a baronet and now insists on been referred to as Lady Milibank!

    • ladida says:

      YES! I remember when he would try to get photographed everywhere with Pippa. He seems shady to me.

  4. Cee says:

    I’m laughing so hard at her being a Marketing Director for LatAm. I wonder how many actual latin americans hold similar positions to hers? I mean, knowing the region and the differences between each country has to be a “must”.

    • LooseSeal says:

      The company is called Branding Latin America. They serve tourism boards, politicians, major Latin American corporations, top hotels, etc. The executive team is mostly from Latin America. I imagine having someone of Ella’s status and connections is good for business.

  5. anniefannie says:

    VF recently published a profile of a former boyfriend of Lady Ella’s. He was a complete douche bag and recounted as many salacious stories as he could muster about their courtship and dished about her family. I was somewhat shocked VF went to print with it , as it was such an obvious hatch it job from a scorned lover. I hope her luck has improved with this one….

  6. jessamine says:

    If they are invited I can’t imagine the Sussexes would turn down the invitation just because the bride has a god-awful mother that they still have contact with on other holidays and social occasions. And I imagine Meghan has some empathy for those burdened with ghastly relatives.

  7. Louise says:

    I am happy for her. Her ex sold was a good looking guy – now married to a man and sold her out quite recently with a hatchet job. Hope she is happy.

  8. Jegede says:

    Gabriella looks so much like her father.

    Even moreso in non-airbrushed pics.

  9. Morrissey says:

    Those genes are strong. She is another Anne/Zara.

  10. Jessica says:

    He and Pippa briefly dated because… who hasn’t Pippa tried to sink her claws into in high society England?!

    • Mumbles says:

      Ah yes, the Wisteria Sisters – sweet, fragrsnt, and ferociously eager to climb.

      • indian says:

        Gosh, why so nasty? It’s a small country. People tend to date others that went to the same universities and live in the same neighbourhoods. Everyone tries to date someone their equal or better. IT’s not as if Pippa and Kate were charity cases. When someone this site likes does the same, its being ambitious and knowingyour own mind. When the Middleton sisters do it, it’s them being creepy. What is it that feminists have againts other women, somtimes?

      • grumpyfarts says:

        No, not everyone tries to date up. A lot of us date for compatibility. And plenty of women call out women whose ambitions are focused on sexual/marital partners as golddiggers, not feminists. But it is good gossip when it’s reciprocated.

      • Aurelia says:

        Lolz, england is a small country. WTF, it has about 65 million people in it.

  11. Tiffany says:

    So…they released the hand on chest pic with so sight of the engagement ring. I find that a bit odd.

  12. Natalie S says:

    So… that second picture. Is he standing on something? I know we can’t see if she’s wearing heels but is it more than a 3 or 4 inch difference?

  13. Tai says:

    He’s a director of some company, she’s the director of some company, Eugenie is the director of an art gallery. Do they just hand directorships out to anyone who has a vague relationship to the Royal Family in Britain?

  14. Nikki says:

    Reading all the comments, I love that each reader has his/her own take on it. I feel like we’re extended family, each chiming in with the thumbs up or thumbs down on the new fiance!! :)

  15. violet says:

    I think she’s rather homely (not trying to shame a woman because she isn’t gorgeous, really) but carries herself nicely. And I effing LOVE the suit she is wearing in that top photo.

    As for her Mom – she’ll probably wear a hat to the wedding big enough serve as King Arthur’s Round Table; the bride will be lucky if anyone catches sight of her. Consideration for others doesn’t seem to be part of Princess Michael’s DNA.

  16. CooCooCatchoo says:

    Am I the only one who thinks he looks like James Hewitt?

  17. violet says:

    She’s 37?! Gasp. Wealth and privilege must be the best skin care regime ever! I thought she was, like 28! But then still catching up on the BRF.

  18. Yasmin says:

    Princess Michael of Kent wasn’t very popular amongst the senior royals even before her insult to Meghan and as a result, all the senior royals snubbed her son Lord Fredricks wedding – the most senior royal was Eugenie which was awkward. I imagine the same will occur here – they’ll try to make into a thing probably with a Tatler spread or Hello Mag like Fredrick did. Though William could go bc he has been friends with groom for a number of years, he’s also Pippas Ex

  19. Tigerlily says:

    Her grandparents (princess marina & duke George of Kent) were cousins and omg it shows apart from princess Alexandra’s children & ed Kent’s daughter Helen

  20. SJhere says:

    I don’t really know all that much about the BRF but, these two look happy in their pics.
    And I think marrying in mid 30′s is a good idea vs. early 20′s.
    The future Hubby here is hot in a posh “I would never lift anything heavier than a sterling silver pen” kind of way. He reminds me of the actor Rupert Penry-Jones, and that’s always a good look.
    More power to them in the future. Happiness is in short supply for most folks, so Congrats to ya!
    I will be checking out all the BRF weddings because the Brits do great pagentry. Plus, let’s see the fashions, please.