Prince George has two non-royal adults in his life that he somehow just knew would be perfect together. So he set them up, and now a teacher at his school is engaged to one of his parents’ closest pals. Five isn’t too young to start matchmaking, right?
OK, that isn’t necessarily true. But Lucy Lanigan-O’Keeffe, a teacher at George’s school, Thomas’s Battersea, is engaged to Prince William’s longtime friend Thomas van Straubenzee. According to the Sunday Times, van Straubenzee popped the question last week and Lanigan-O’Keeffe, who teaches outdoor learning and mindfulness, happily accepted. Thomas also happens to be one of Princess Charlotte’s godfathers, so when she starts school in the fall she may have a royal toddler leg up on some of her classmates.
Even though this glorious news only came about last week, and van Straubenzee and Lanigan-O’Keeffe probably haven’t even thought about wedding planning, The Sunday Times already reported that William will be an usher at the wedding and George and Charlotte will serve as page boy and bridesmaid, respectively. Huh. Unless the couple have thrown dates around AND have already spoken to Will, we’re not sure how much of those details are to be believed. We do have one question, though: is Lucy going to hyphenate her already-hyphenated name? Because what’s already a mouthful is going to be that much more jam-packed.
It’s unclear whether or not George, Will or Kate introduced Thomas and Lucy to one another and figured they would be a perfect match. According to the Times, “nobody would be surprised if Prince William or his wife, Kate, were involved,” but we prefer to go with George. Because that’s just the more adorable alternative. Let’s just say we give George’s matchmaking skills a 20 out of 10.