Prince Harry's heartache as godmother dies

Penny Burfitt
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·2-min read

Prince Harry will be left saddened by the news of his godmother, Lady Celia Vestey’s sudden death at the age of 71.

Lady Vestey’s death was announced in a notice published in the UK’s Daily Telegraph by family.

Prince Harry appears saddened. Godmother Lady Celia Vestey dies
Prince Harry reached out to Lady Vestey's children following the news. Photo: Getty Images

“Celia Elizabeth SRN BA,” the notice read. “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.”

Reports suggest Harry reached out to Lady Vestey’s children in wake of the news.

Image of Lady Celia Vestey at Prince Harry's christening
Prince Harry's godmother Lady Celia Vestey (pictured at his christening, second from back right) died suddenly aged 71. Photo: Getty Images

Lady Vestey was one of Harry’s six godparents.

Prince Andrew, Princess Anne’s daughter Lady Sarah Chatto, Carolyn Bartholomew, Bryan Organ, Gerald Ward, and Celia were all present as godparent’s at Harry’s christening in 1984.


Lady Celia Vestey

Queen Elizabeth II and Lady Celia Vestey attend day 4 'Gold Cup Day' of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 13, 2009
Lady Celia Vestey was a close friend of the royal family and Harry's godmother. Photo: Getty Images

Lady Vestey attended Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in 2018 and was a close friend of Queen Elizabeth II for many years and part of the inner royal circle.

Her oldest son was a page of honour to the Queen for three years. She was also in attendance at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s in 2011.

She was married to Samuel Vestey, the 3rd Baron Vestey. She is survived by three children and three grandchildren.

Never miss a thing. Sign up to Yahoo Lifestyle’s daily newsletter.

Or if you have a story idea, email us at