Thomas Kingston Dead at 45 Years Old

( – A member of the British Royal Family has died unexpectedly. Thomas Kingston was the husband of Lady Gabriella Windsor, a relative of the late Queen Elizabeth II. He was 45 years old.

On February 27, the Buckingham Palace announced that Kingston had been found dead in Gloucestershire, England, on February 25. So far his cause of death is unknown, but emergency services say there are no suspicious circumstances and nobody else was involved. Shocked friends say his death was a complete surprise, and that he had been “fit and mentally stable… he wasn’t a depressed individual.”

Kingston’s first link to the Royal Family came when he dated Pippa Middleton, the younger sister of Catherine, the Princess of Wales. They broke up in 2011 but remained friends. Then, in 2018, Kingston got engaged to Lady Gabriella, who is the daughter of Princess Michael of Kent, the late queen’s cousin. They married at Windsor Castle in May 2018; Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, were among the guests.

Kingston was a committed Christian and devoted much of his life to helping others. He spent three years in Iraq, assisting the only Anglican vicar in the country in between working as a hostage negotiator. After returning from Iraq in 2006 he went into finance, which was his career for the rest of his life.

Kingston was far outside the “core” of the Royal Family — Lady Gabriella is currently 56th in line to the throne — but in a statement, Buckingham Palace called him “a much-loved member of the family.” His death comes at an already stressful time for the monarchy; King Charles III was recently diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing treatment, the Princess of Wales is recovering from surgery and the Prince of Wales has recently missed several events for undisclosed personal reasons. With Prince Harry unlikely to ever return to being a working royal, that doesn’t leave many active members of the family to handle the busy schedule of events they’re expected to carry out.

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