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Duke and Duchess announce daughter’s engagement ... to Prince Harry’s best friend

Service of Thanksgiving for Elizabeth, Duchess of Northumberland at St Michael's Church in Alnwick

Service of Thanksgiving for Elizabeth, Duchess of Northumberland at St Michael's Church in Alnwick

LADY Melissa Percy, youngest daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, is set to marry Prince Harry’s best friend next summer.

In an official announcement made this morning, the 25-year-old’s delighted parents revealed that she has become engaged to Mr Thomas van Straubenzee.

It follows the marriage of her older sister Catherine – known as Katie – to city financier Patrick Valentine in February 2011.

Mr van Straubenzee, 29, is an ex-Royal Green Jackets officer now working as a chartered surveyor. He is closely connected to Prince Harry, who he met at Ludgrove Prep School, and accompanied the Prince on his first official tour to New Zealand.

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