Prince Harry left heartbroken after godmother dies ‘suddenly’ aged 71

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Prince Harry’s beloved godmother, Lady Celia Vestey, has died suddenly, aged 71.

Lady Vestey was one of six godparents Prince Charles and Princess Diana picked for their second born ahead of his christening in 1984.

She was also a guest at Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle in 2018.

A death notice announcing the sad news was printed in the Daily Telegraph, The Mirror reported.

The newspaper's announcement read: "Celia Elizabeth SRN BA. Died suddenly, but peacefully, on Saturday 28th November, aged 71 years.

"Adored wife of Sam. Much loved mother of William, Arthur and Mary and loving Granny of Ella, Frankie, Sam and Cosima.

"Private family funeral. Memorial service later.

"Family flowers only please, but donations gratefully received in Celia's memory to Ebony Horse Club."

Under coronavirus social distancing restrictions, funerals can have no more than 30 attendees – not including funeral staff.

Lady Celia was a good friend of the Queen, and formed part of the Monarch’s inner circle.

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The pair had a bond over their mutual love of horses.

In 1981, she married Lord Samuel Vestey, who was the Royal Household's Master of the Horse.

Her choice as a godmother to the young prince reportedly caused something of a family row among the royals.

Insiders claim the Princess Anne was furious that she was not picked for the role by her brother Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

Insiders say she refused to attend the christening and opted to go shooting with her then-husband Mark Phillips instead.

Harry was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Robert Runcie, in St George’s Chapel, Windsor – which is where he married Meghan in 2018.

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