Friends speak out about sudden death of Thomas Kingston

 February 29, 2024

Thomas Kingston, the husband of Lady Gabriella "Ella" Windsor, was found dead on Sunday in Gloucestershire, England. He was 45. 

According to the New York Post, the cause of death hasn't been revealed, but authorities noted that there's no foul play suspected and is not "suspicious."

A friend of the couple opened up about them in a recent interview, noting that they saw them "happy and positive" at a Feb. 21 National Gallery event in London.

"They seemed happy and positive as ever,” the friend reportedly told Daily Mail. “Ella was particularly chatty."

Royal Family shocked

Kingston's sudden death understandably stunned the Royal Family. Kingston was the son-in-law of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.

Another friend of the royal couple added, "It's utterly shocking. None of us saw it coming. I cannot understand it."

The Daily Mail noted:

Lady Gabriella, 42, who is 56th in line to the throne, and Mr Kingston were married for nearly five years, having tied the knot at St George's Chapel at Windsor in May 2019.

Mr Kingston is survived by his father Martin Kingston KC, his mother Jill Mary Kingston, and his sisters, Joanna Connolly and Emma Murray.

Kingston and Windsor were reportedly last photographed together on Valentine's Day during their attendance of the "400th anniversary of Shakespeare's First Folio attended by Queen Camilla."

Given her lesser proximity to Buckingham Palace, Lady Gabriella is not a "working member" of the Royal Family. However, it was reported that Buckingham Palace will support Gabriella's family and their tragic loss.

Royal statement

A spokesman for Their Majesties released a statement on the tragic situation, describing him as a "much-loved" member of the Royal Family.

"The King and The Queen have been informed of Thomas's death and join Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and all those who knew him in grieving a much-loved member of the family," the statement read.

It added, "In particular, Their Majesties send their most heartfelt thoughts and prayers to Gabriella and to all the Kingston family."

Buckingham Palace released a second statement on behalf of Gabriella and other family members, writing, "It is with the deepest sorrow that we announce the death of Thomas Kingston, our beloved husband, son and brother. Tom was an exceptional man who lit up the lives of all who knew him. His death has come as a great shock to the whole family and we ask you to respect our privacy as we mourn his passing."

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