Inside Kate Middleton's inner circle And Her Royal Friend Squad

Inside Kate Middleton's inner circle And Her Royal Friend Squad

Since her relationship with Prince William became public, Kate Middleton has come to be known for her select group of friends, who have become her support system as she navigates the scrutiny that comes with being a member of the royal family. The Duchess of Cambridge inner circle is made up of friends from her days in school, and at university. These friends have been a visible part of the duchess’s life; from wedding to child bearing.

(L-R) Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge ©Getty images

Inside Kate Middleton's inner circle And Her Royal Friend Squad
Inside Kate Middleton's inner circle And Her Royal Friend Squad

Although they are spending the holidays in Amner Hall, Norfolk, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were seen with the close knit group attending their first Sunday church service together.


Inside Kate Middleton's inner circle And Her Royal Friend Squad

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with their children ©Getty images


Here’s a little background on the royal friend squad, their spouses, and their relationship to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Inside Kate Middleton's inner circle And Her Royal Friend Squad


(L-R) Lady Laura and James Meade ©Getty images

Formerly Laura Marsham, Lady Laura Meade is the daughter of the 8th Earl of Romney, Julian Marsham. She is married to one of Prince William’s best friends, James Meade.

James Meade, son of former Olympian three day eventer, Richard Meade, is connected to the Duke of Cambridge from their days in Eton College back in 2000. James, alongside Thomas van Straubenzee, co-delivered the best man speech at William and Kate’s nuptials in 2011. Prince William was also the best man at James and Laura’s wedding in 2013.

Laura and James are godparents to Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte respectively. The Meades reside near the Duke and Duchess in their Norfolk country home, Amner Hall.


Inside Kate Middleton's inner circle And Her Royal Friend Squad

(R-L)Emilia Jardine-Paterson and her husband, David ©Rex

Emilia and Kate both attended Marlborough College and have been friends since then. During Kate and William’s brief split in 2007, the pair vacationed in Ibiza together.

She is Prince George’s godmother, and runs an interior design company. It has been reported that she helped the Duchess redecorate Amner hall and Kensington Palace.

Emilia’s husband, David, also attended Eton College with Prince William

Oliver Baker

Inside Kate Middleton's inner circle And Her Royal Friend Squad

(L-R) Kate Middleton and Oliver Baker ©Getty images

A godparent to Prince George, Oliver Baker is a long-time friend of both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The trio attended St. Andrew’s University in Scotland.


Inside Kate Middleton's inner circle And Her Royal Friend Squad

(L-R) Sophie Carter and Kate Middleton ©Rex

Sophie is a close and long-time friend of the Duchess. The two have been pictured together at several events like Wimbledon and Christmas Services in Norfolk, and she vacationed with the royals in 2016. Sophie Carter has also been spotted at other royal functions like Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding.

She is a godparent to Princess Charlotte, and the princess was a bridesmaid at Sophie’s wedding. She was also in a romantic relationship with Thomas van Straubenzee, who is also one of Princess Charlotte’s godfathers.

Sophie also resides near Amner Hall in Norfolk.


Inside Kate Middleton's inner circle And Her Royal Friend Squad

Trini Foyle


Trini Foyle pictured with Kate Middleton and another friend ©Rex

Trini Foyle and Kate Middleton have been friends since they were just teenagers at 14. The duo attended Marlborough College, and Trini moved on to acquiring an MA in Politics at the University of Edinburgh. She went on to work as an assistant for Jeremy Hunt, MP.

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Married to Ted Foyle, Trini and Ted have a son Alexander. Kate and Trini have often been spotted with Alexander taking walks in Kensington Palace garden.


Inside Kate Middleton's inner circle And Her Royal Friend Squad

(L-R) Robert and Hannah Carter ©Getty images

Formerly Hannah Gillingham, Hannah Carter is married to Robert Carter, the son of wealthy Norfolk landowner Robert Carter. Hannah and Kate are best friends from their school days. Kate and William attended Hannah and Robert’s wedding in May 2012, which coincided with their first wedding anniversary. Hannah is also godmother to Prince Louis.


Inside Kate Middleton's inner circle And Her Royal Friend Squad

Rose Hanbury


(Facing camera) Rose Hanbury ©Getty images

Rose Hanbury, wife of David Cholmondeley, the 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley and Lord Great Chamberlain, is also a friend of the Royals. Rose and her husband live in Palladian Houghton Hall in Norfolk, which is only slightly over three miles away from Amner Hall.

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