Princess Diana’s had SEVENTEEN Godchildren. Where are they today and what are they doing now?
- Princess Diana was godmother to 17 boys and girls who were children of friends
- The godchildren were between the ages two and 15 when Diana suddenly died
- Read: How Diana’s parenting turned her sons into the princes they are today
Princess Diana was often celebrated for her rapport with children, so perhaps it’s no surprise that she ended up with 17 godchildren.
School friends, flat mates and other royal acquaintances all rushed to ask the Princess of Wales whether she would be godmother to their children.
Yet no one was ever forgotten.
She would remember each child’s birthday, sending cards and presents no matter how busy she was.
And every Christmas, her godchildren would have gifts wrapped and placed under the tree.
Today, most of them are in their 30s and early 40s and working in a colourful variety of professions from fashion designer to a guide for horse safaris!
Princess Diana was celebrated for her raport with children, perhaps making it no surprise that she ended up with 17 godchildren. Pictured: Holding her youngest godchild, Dominica Lawson, the daughter of Dominic Lawson and Rosa Monckton
Lady Edwina Snow, 41 – Prisoner reformer and wife of BBC’s ‘history hunk’
Princess Diana’s oldest goddaughter Lady Edwina Snow, nee Grosvenor, 41, is the daughter of the late Duke of Westminster.
Her father Gerald Grosvenor died aged 64 in 2016, leaving an estate estimated to be £9.35 billion, passing on his title to Edwina’s brother – Hugh Grosvenor, 32, who has been dubbed Britain’s most eligible bachelor.
The family estate holds around 300 acres of some of London’s most expensive land.
It also owns the 1,800-acre Halkyn Estate on the Flintshire/Denbighshire border and the 11,500-acre Eaton Estate outside Chester.
When her father passed away, Edwina and her two sisters, Tamara Van Cutsem and Viola Grosvenor, were left with £20,000 each while their brother became the 7th Duke of Westminster.
Since finishing school, Edwina has dedicated most of her life working as a criminal justice advocate, becoming the founder of The Clink, a prisoner reform charity, where prisoners work towards gaining their City & Guilds vocational qualifications.
Prisoners with six to 18 months left on their sentence can participate so when they leave prison they enter the workforce with recognised skills.
Princess Diana pictured at the Christening of her goddaughter Lady Edwina Snow, now 41. Edwina is the daughter of the late Duke of Westminster, and Natalie Grosvenor
Princess Diana’s oldest goddaughter Lady Edwina Snow, nee Grosvenor, 41, is the daughter of the late Duke of Westminster, and Natalie Grosvenor. She is married to BBC ‘history hunk’ Dan Snow. Pictured: The couple following their marriage ceremony in Liverpool in November 2010
The prisoners cook and serve food to members of the public restaurant inside the prison, including HMP Brixton and HMP High Down.
Her charity work in the sector began on her gap year, where she volunteered at Kathmandu Central prison in Nepal.
Since then, she has worked in 50 prisons across the UK and abroad. She has also set up the charity One Small Thing and the podcast Justice that looks into the trauma prison environments can give a person.
Alongside her charity work, Edwina also advises the Government on prison reform using her background as a criminal justice advocate.
In 2010, Edwina married TV presenter Dan Snow, known for his programme’s Rome’s Lost Empire and The Vikings Uncovered, once described as ‘the man who put hunk into history’.
Dan is the son of former BBC 2 Newsnight presenter Peter Snow, famed for his Swingometer on General Election nights.
They met after sitting next to each other at a wedding.
Recalling when that meeting, Dan said: ‘The person who did the seating plan set us up. I knew straight away she was the one for me. There was both a physical attraction and a remarkably deep and wonderful companionship.’
The couple got married in a small ceremony in Liverpool and now are parents to three young children, two daughters and one son.
Their eldest daughter Zia was born in 2011, followed by their son Wolf Robert in 2014.
Their youngest daughter Orla was born a year later in 2015.
The family lives in a £7 million house in the New Forest in Berkshire.
In one interview, Dan revealed the ‘difficult times’ the couple had endured since they married, including the death of Edwina’s father, her mother suffering breast cancer from which she has recovered, and her own late miscarriage.
Lady Alexandra Hooper, 40 – Prince William’s childhood ‘sweetheart’
Lady Alexandra Hooper, 40, is the second eldest goddaughter of the late Princess Diana.
She is the daughter of Lord and Lady Brabourne and the great-granddaughter of Earl Mountbatten and is expected to inherit the Broadlands estate in Hampshire, where the Queen and Prince Philip spent their honeymoon.
When she was nine years old her younger sister, Leonora, died of kidney cancer at just age five in 1991.
Following her sister’s death Diana was a comforting presence to the young girl.
The Royal Family has continually had a large presence in Lady Alexandra’s life and was even referred to as Prince William’s ‘sweetheart’.
When she married Thomas Hooper in 2016, members from royal familes all over Europe were in attendance.
The late Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip and the Princess Royal were all guests at the ‘society wedding of the year’.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles attending the Christening of Diana’s goddaughter Alexandra Knatchbull at Romsey Abbey, Hampshire, in 1983
Lady Alexandra Hooper is the second oldest goddaughter of Princess Diana. In 2016, she married entrepreneur Thomas Hooper in what was called the ‘society wedding of the year’. Pictured: Alexandra Hooper with her husband Thomas Hooper at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in 2019
Their nuptials were also attended by members of foreign aristocracy including Queen Sophia of Spain, the former monarchs of Greece, King Constantine II and his wife Queen Anne-Marie as well as Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan and his wife Princess Sarvath al-Hassan.
The couple got married at Romsey Abbey in Hampshire, with King Charles walking Lady Alexandra down the aisle after her father was reportedly too ill.
Others, however, were quick to point out that the young couple may have wanted to distance themselves from her father Norton Knatchbull, the eighth Baron Brabourne, as six years earlier he had abandoned his 31-year marriage to run away to Nassau in the Bahamas with fashion designer Jeannie Nuttall.
After his marriage to the designer ended, he returned to the historic estate but was forced to live in a barn conversion.
Alexandra and Peter met while Alexandra was working as a senior analyst at a global business advisory firm called FTI Consulting.
Thomas had founded Third Space Learning, an online maths tutoring programme that connects specialist maths tutors in India with schools in the Untied Kingdom via Skype.
Before entering the workplace, Alexandra had studied theology at Oxford, then completed a further degree in international security at Georgetown University in the United States.
The pair have two children, the eldest boy Inigo Norton Sebastian Mountbatten was born on 21 December 2017 and their youngest boy Alden Peter Theodore Mountbatten was born on 27 March 2020.
Prince Philip was the godfather to Inigo.
Sussy Cazalet, 39 – artist and designer
Sussy Cazalet, 39, is the daughter of Princess Diana’s Norfolk childhood friend Isabel Dawnay.
Isabel was the daughter of merchant banker Victor Cazalet and her grandfather, Peter, was the Queen Mother’s racehorse trainer.
When discussing what Diana was like as a godmother, Isabel previously said: ‘Diana never forgot her birthday, always sent cards and presents, and took her out on treats whenever she could. She really was the most wonderful godmother, and would have been — even if she hadn’t been who she was.’
After studying textiles at the University of Leeds, Diana’s goddaughter went on to train at the renowned Parsons School of Design in New York.
She then returned to the UK where she set up an interior design company in London and Norfolk that is still flourishing.
Her work is mainly based on commission, creating one-off designs, such as rugs, wall hangings and artwork, and is ‘interested in creating something that might change someone’s life’.
Sussy Cazalet 39, is the daughter of Princess Diana’s Norfolk childhood friend Isabel Dawnay. She now runs an interior design firm based in London and Norfolk
Camilla Shirley-Beavan – wife of a ‘hunting pin up’
Princess Diana was also godmother to another one of her school friend’s children.
Camilla Shirley-Beaven, 38, is the goddaughter of Diana’s school friend and flatmate Sophie Kimball and the Old Etonian farmer Reuben Straker.
Camilla is married to Charlie Shirley-Beaven, Master of Tynedale Hunt in Northumberland.
On their engagement, society magazine Tatler described Charlie as a ‘hunting pin-up’, noting that he was once arrested during a protest march against foxhunting ban for harassing the then-Prime Minister Tony Blair.
‘I’m sure Diana would have loved Charlie,’ a friend of the family said at the time.
Camilla Shirley-Beaven, 38, (pictured right) is the goddaughter of Diana’s school friend and flatmate Sophie Kimball and the Old Etonian farmer Reuben Straker
Prince Philippos – Prince of Greece and Denmark
Prince Philippos, 36, is the youngest child of the late King Constantine, who passed away in January, and Queen Anne Marie of Greece.
The Prince of Greece and Denmark was named after his paternal cousin and godfather Prince Philip, being educated in London and Washington DC.
Princess Diana was also his godmother.
He was once considered one of Europe’s most eligible bachelors, but married heiress Nina Flohr, who is the daughter of Swiss billionaire businessman Thomas Flohr in 2020, during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The couple got married in a small ceremony, where their fathers were the only two people who attended.
Princess Diana holding baby Prince Philippos of Greece at his Christening. She was joined on the day by members of the Greek Royal Family
Prince Philippos, 36, is the youngest child of the late King Constantine, who passed away in January and Queen Anne Marie of Greece. He is married heiress Nina Flohr, who is the daughter of Swiss billionaire businessman Thomas Flohr
The intimate civil ceremony took place in Nina’s hometown of Saint Moritz.
In August 2021, however, the couple had a religious, high society wedding for the whole world to see, with Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie representing the British Royal Family.
Since 2018, the Prince has lived in New York working as a financial analyst for Ortelius Capital, an investment group specialising in hedge funds and private equity set up by his brother Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece.
Leonora Lonsdale – award winning film director
Leonora Lonsdale, 37, is the daughter of Diana’s school friend, flatmate and lady-in-waiting, Laura Lonsdale.
Leonora is a film director, who recently directed the first four episodes of Dangerous Liaisons with Lionsgate.
She lives in London and gained her degree from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
One of films, Beast, starring Billie Piper, won Best Drama Short at the Voice of A Woman Film Festival at Cannes Lions in 2017.
Leonora has also worked with Whoopi Goldberg on Black Dog, Red Dog.
Leonora Lonsdale, 37, is the daughter of Diana’s school friend, flat mate and lady-in-waiting Laura Lonsdale. She is now a director
Jake Warren – close friend to Prince Harry
Princess Diana’s godson is the son of the late Queen’s racing manager, John Warren, 36, who runs the Highclere Stud. He is also the grandson of the 7th Earl of Carnarvon.
He dealt with the Queen’s racing and breeding interests as an advisor, a role that he continued to discuss with the Queen up until the last week of her life.
Prince Harry and Prince William knew Jake from their time together at Ludgrove prep school before they all attending Eton. Jake’s mother Carolyn Herbert was a former flatmate of Diana.
Jake now helps his father run the Highclere Stud, near to the family-owned Highclere Castle which was the backdrop for much of the Downton Abbey filming.
Jake was described by Tatler as ‘the heartthrob who lives in the coolest house in Edinburgh and has the initials of all his best friends tattooed on his thigh.
Prince Harry and Prince William knew Jake Warren since they went to Ludgrove prep school, before they all attended Eton together. Pictured: Jake, his wife Zoe and Prince Harry at Royal Ascot in 2014
‘You can touch them but he’ll make you buy shares in the racing syndicate he co-owns.’
Jake married qualified yoga instructor Zoe Stewart, 39, and together they have a daughter, six-year-old Zalie Warren.
Zalie is Prince Harry’s goddaughter and was the youngest bridesmaid during his wedding to Meghan Markle in 2018.
Speaking fondly of Princess Diana’s role as a godmother in Jake’s life, his own mother Carolyn said: ‘Diana was a very, very special godmother.
‘She somehow managed to make Jakie feel as if he was the only one.
‘At Christmas and birthdays Diana always got it just right. Knowing how to give the right thing at the right moment was one of Diana’s great qualities.
‘Jakie would always be so excited when Auntie Di came to visit.’
Lady Mary Luise Wellesley – Medievalist
Diana’s goddaughter Lady Mary Luise Wellesley is the daughter of the 9th Duke of Wellington and niece of Lady Jane Wellesley, one of the women it was thought King Charles might marry.
The 36-year-old studied English at Lincoln College, Oxford University before going on to University College London to gain her PhD, studying 15th century poetry.
She has written a number of academic and currently worksat the British Library.
Her most recent book, Hidden Hands: The Lives of Manuscripts and Their Makers, was published in June 2022.
Mary’s brother is Arthur Wellesley, who was married to model Jemma Kidd.
Princess Diana at the Christening of her Goddaughter Lady Mary Luise Wellesley
Diana’s Goddaughter Lady Mary Luise Wellesley is the daughter of the 9th Duke of Wellington. After studying at Oxford University and University College London, she began working as an academic for the British Library
George Frost – TV host’s son and owner of rum brand
One of Diana’s godsons was the son of TV host Sir David Frost.
Like Prince William and Prince Harry, George Frost was educated at Eton before heading to Newcastle University.
His mother, Lady Carina, is sister to the Duke of Norfolk.
The 36-year-old created his own Jamaican/Barbadian blend of rum, which in December secured a £2 million investment to start business in the US.
Last year, the company was named Notting Hill Carnival’s rum of the year.
Away from his business, George is known for raising £1.5 million to create a national testing service for the rare heart condition hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which killed his brother, who died jogging at 31.
George Frost (pictured) is the youngest son of the late television presenter David Frost. George has created an award winning rum brand, call The Duppy Shake
Benjamin Samuel – Hedge fund manager
Benjamin Samuel, 34, is the son of one of Diana’s closest friends Julia Samuel, the author and grief therapist who founded Child Bereavement UK.
His father, Michael Samuel, is part of the Hill Samuel Banking family.
Benjamin was educated at Westminster before taking up a place at Oxford University to study classics.
He went on to work at Deloitte before moving to Egerton Capital, a Mayfair-based hedge fund with £20 billion of managed assets.
Edward Downpatrick – Banker turned fashion designer
Edward Downpatrick, 34, the grandson of the Duke of Kent – whose title he will one day inherit – is another godson of Princess Diana. His friends call him ‘Lord Eddy’.
He is the only son of George Windsor, Earl of St Andrews, and Sylvana Windsor, Countess of St Andrews.
After Eton, he went on to Keble College, Oxford, where he read Modern Languages, specialising in French and German.
At Oxford, he was the president of the Bullingdon Club.
After leaving university, he went on to work at JP Morgan before leaving in 2016 to set up his own fashion business FIDIR, which sells clothing ‘inspired by the hillscapes of the Scottish Highlands’.
He has often been called one of Britain’s most eligible bachelors, but he has not publicly been linked to any girlfriend .
His sister Lady Amelia Windsor is often called the ‘most beautiful’ member of the royal family.
Princess Diana with baby Edward Downpatrick
Edward Downpatrick, 34, is the grandson of the Duke of Kent, a title he will one day inherit. His friends call him ‘Lord Eddy’. Pictured: Eddy with his younger sister Lady Amelia Windsor
Jack Bartholomew – barman turned entrepreneur
Jack Bartholomew is the son of Diana’s flatmate and close friend Carolyn Pride, who also happens to be the godmother of Prince Harry.
After attending Stowe school, Jack worked as a barman before creating a drinks business called EJB Wines shop in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, which specialises in the Loire valley.
The company was dissolved in July 2021.
Diana and Carolyn had met when they attended West Heath School in Kent. She was seen attending Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan in 2018.
She married William Bartholomew in September 1982 and Princess Diana was present on the day in a pink ensemble.
When Carolyn’s ‘intimate letters’ to Diana were auctioned, they fetched more than £93,000.
Antonia Trower – medical marketing director specialising in cancer
Antonia Trower is the granddaughter of the 11th Lord Suffield, who was a war hero and a Norfolk squire.
He was a member of the late Queen’s ceremonial bodyguards.
Antonia’s mother, Caroline, was another school friend of Diana’s, while her father Audley Twiston-Davies is a Herefordshire landowner.
Diana’s goddaughter attended Bristol University, studying cancer biology and immunology.
She is married to Deloitte account manager, Edward Trower and currently works for a French American firm that uses AI to help find treatments for patients.
Antonia Trower is the granddaughter of the 11th Lord Suffield, who was a war hero and a Norfolk squire
Jack Falkner – Son of a Colonel and Diana’s school friend
Jack Falkner, 32, is the son of yet another one of Diana’s school friends, Izzy McDowell, who married Colonel Simon Falkner of the Life Guards.
Little is known about him.
Antonia Harington – Daughter of friend of Diana
Antonia Diana Harington, 31, is the daughter of Jonathan Harington and Susan Fenwick. Diana attended their marriage in 1989.
After studying at Durham University and University College London, Antonia went on to gain her teaching qualification.
She now a primary school teacher in London.
Antonia married Arthur Soames, son of British businessmen Hon Rupert Soames. They have a child together.
Daisy Soames – Winston Churchill’s great-granddaughter
Daisy Soames, 31, is the great-granddaughter of Winston Churchill and one of the youngest goddaughters of Princess Diana.
She attended Dublin’s Trinity College before moving to Kenya, where she works as a Horse Safari Guide.
She documents her life on Instagram, which is full of beautiful photos of the horses she works with.
Daisy Soames, 31, is the great-granddaughter of Winston Churchill. After completing university at Trinity College, Dublin, she moved to Kenya where she is a horse safari guide
Domenica Lawson – Daughter of Diana’s closest friend
Domenica Lawson, 27, is the daughter of Mail columnist Dominic Lawson and his wife Rosa Monckton, daughter of 2nd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley.
Rosa was a close friend of Diana’s later on in her life and when Domenica was born with Down’s syndrome on June 1, 1995, they asked if Diana would be her godmother.
Domenica has completed a catering course and works at the charity Team Domenica, a charity which helps young adults learning disabilities by providing training for employment.
Rosa told Hello Magazine in 2019: ‘If Diana could see what she has achieved, considering the encouragement that she gave in the two years she knew her, she would have been incredibly proud.’
Princess Diana pictured at the Christening of Dominic Lawson and Rosa Monckton’s daughter Dominica Lawson
Domenica Lawson, 27, is the daughter of Mail columnist Dominic Lawson and his wife Rosa Monckton, daughter of 2nd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley. Pictured: Domenica and her mother Rose on ITV’s This Morning
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