Charlotte, Duchess of Sussex (born Charlotte Rose Clarity 20 June 1983), known as Clara Clarity before her marriage, is the wife of Prince Henry, Duke of Sussex. Following his father, Charles, Prince of Wales, his Brother, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Nephew, Prince George of Cambridge, and Niece, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Henry is fifth in line to succeed his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, as monarch of the United Kingdom and 15 other Commonwealth realms.
Clarity grew up in Newbury, Berkshire, England. She studied politics in Scotland at the University of St Andrews, where she met Prince William, and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge in 2001. Whilst attending their wedding in the April of 2011, she met Williams younger brother, Prince Harry. Their engagement was announced on 20 December 2013, and she attended several royal events before they married on 15 June 2014 at St Pauls Cathedral. The Duke and Duchess have three children, Princess Isabella of Sussex (born 18 September 2015), Prince Spencer-Fredrick of Sussex (born 15 June 2017) and Princess Grace of Sussex (born 13 December 2021), whoa re respectively sixth, seventh and eighth in one to the British Thorne.
She has had a huge impact upon both fashion and politics, gaining the nickname, ‘The peoples princess’, and from the year of 2015 onwards, she was selected as one of the ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’ by Time magazine, and in 2016, she, along side sister in law Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge, appeared on the 100 year anniversary issue of vogue, both appearing on different variations of the cover.
Early Life Edit
Charlotte Rose Clarity was born at Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading on 20 June 1983, and was Christened at St Andrews Bradfield, Berkshire, on 15 September 1983. She is the middle child of three, born to Jonathan and Vivienne Clarity, a Judge and artist. Her father, in 1980, set up his own law firm, Waters and Clarity Co, that deals with high profile human rights cases. The family is estimated to be worth upward of £50 million. Her parents are also close family friends with the Middleton’s, and Catherine and Charlotte were friends from a young age. She has an older brother, Samuel ‘Sam’, and a younger sister, Lily.
Clarity was enrolled at the age of 4 at Cheam school, in Newberry, Berkshire. When she reached year 1, teachers suggested to her parents that Clarity was intelligent enough to be moved up a school year. During her later years at the school, she boarded part weekly. She then moved on to Marlborough College, a co-educational independent boarding school in Wiltshire , and graduated from the University of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland, with an undergraduate MA in the history of art. In December 2006, Clarity was involved in a high speed accident, which killed her Uncle, and younger cousin. This traumatic event prompted her to create her Charity, After Survival, to help people recover from trauma. With financial backing from her Fathers firm, who looked at her like any other small charity, and not just the bosses daughter, she built up the charity, with offices present in London, New York and Paris, handing it over to her right hand man, Alicia Clarke in 2013, before her wedding.
Relationship with Prince Harry Edit
Early Relationship Edit
In 2010, Clarity met Prince Harry at a party celebrating the engagement between his brother, Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton. Clarity’s brother, Sam, also attended Eton at a similar time to Harry, and the pair became friends. The pair began dating in the summer of 2011, although their relationship remained unconfirmed. On December 20 2011, Clarity received a warrant that meant no unofficial press could be found on the property of her office, or they would face a fine.
Vegas Scandal and Break up
In August 2012, when the naked photos of Prince Harry in a vegas hotel room were leaked, the first thing that people automatically noticed was the identity of the women with him was not his girlfriend. This sparked a huge media uproar, who claimed that he had cheated on her. It was revealed that Clarity was present on the holiday, and had known about the game of strip billiards, but had left the suite when the photos were taken. The Prince issued a statement denying his infertility, and asking for privacy as he processed what was happening. It was then announced later that month that the Prince and his girlfriend had split up, deciding that it would be best to take some time apart.
When the Prince left for a 20 week deployment in Afghanistan, on 7 september 2012, he issued another statement, requesting that his ex girlfriend, Clarity, be given privacy, so that she could continue to live her life out normally. The press ignored this plea, and followed her mercilessly, until she filed for a restraining order in November 2012, releasing a statement through her Fathers firm, that she didn't understand why she was being harrased, and would like to be left alone.
When Harry returned from his tour, on 21 of January 2013, pictures were taken of the couple as she greeted him on the landing strip. When these were published, the palace announced that the couple had indeed reunited, and they were spotted out for dinner a week later with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Clarity attended the wedding of Lady Melissa Percy and Thomas van Straubenzee as Harrys date that summer.
Engagement and Marriage Edit
Prince Harry and Charlotte Clarity became engaged in November 2013, in Lesotho, during a 7 day trip to visit the Princes Charity, Sentable. Kensington Palace announced the engagement on 20 December 2013. Prince Harry gave Clarity a 10 carat diamond ring, made out of a diamond that had been removed form a necklace previously belonging to his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. The Couple married in St Pauls Cathedral on 15 June 2014 (Midsummers day), with the day declared a bank holiday in the United Kingdom. Estimates of the global audience for the wedding ranged around 400 million whilst 30 million watched the event live in Britain alone.
Motherhood and Children Edit
On 16 April 2015, St James’s Palace announced that the Duchess was pregnant with her first child. The announcement was made around the 4 mount mark, and also stated that like her sister in law, the Duchess of Cambridge, she had suffered Hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe form of morning sickness, in the early stages of her pregnancy, but was not hospitalised. On 31 June 2015, St James Palace announced that the child was due to be born in September 2015, and that the Duchess was thankful for all the support she had received. The duchess was admitted to St Mary’s Hospital in London in the early staged of labour at 11pm on 17 September, and gave birth to a girl, weighing 8 pounds 2 ounces (3.7Kg), at 09:14 BST the following day. On 20 September 2015, Kensington Palace announced that the baby would be named Isabella Catherine Rose, after both of her Aunts.
The Duchess’s second pregnancy was announced on 1 December 2016. This announcement was earlier then usual, as the Duchess had to be admitted to Hospital, as she again suffered from hyperermeis gravidarum and was required to cancel a month of engagements. On 15 June 2017, at 03:22 BST the Duchess gave birth to a son, weighing 8 pounds 6 ounces (3.80Kg). On 18 June, Kensington Palace announced that the Baby would be named Spencer-Fredrick Charles William, his first name in recognition of his Diana, The Princess of wales maiden name.
The Duchess’s third pregnancy was announced on 30 May 2021, after the Duchess was admitted to hospital after collapsing at home in Norfolk. She was in hospital for 2 weeks after it was discovered that she was anaemic, and that put the baby’s, and her health at risk. One month after her entry to hostpital, she returned to normal engagements, and it was announced that the baby was due in December. Early on the morning of 13 December, the Duchess was admitted to Hospital, where she gave birth to a girl, at 23:56, weighing 8 pounds 3 ounces (3.71Kg). On 15 December, Kensington Palace announced that the baby would be named Grace Victoria Camilla Alice.