Prince Harry's Godmother 'Died Suddenly, but Peacefully,' Family Reveal

Prince Harry's Godmother, Lady Celia Vestey, has died "suddenly, but peacefully," her family have said. The Duke of Sussex has reached out to her children.

Lady Celia was a close friend of Queen Elizabeth II and married to a trusted former member of the monarch's staff, Sam Vestey, who was Master of the Horse.

The 71-year-old was close to Elizabeth, through their shared love of horse racing, and also to Harry's father Prince Charles.

Harry has been in touch with the family since the tragedy on Saturday, a source told Newsweek, stating: "The Duke has been in touch with her children and his thoughts are with her family."

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Los Angeles Cemetery
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit the Los Angeles National Cemetery to mark Remembrance Sunday, when Britain commemorates its war dead, on Sunday, November 8, 2020. He had been in touch with the family of Lady Celia Vestey after she passed away. Lee Morgan

News of the tragedy emerged in a death notice published in Tuesday's edition of the Daily Telegraph newspaper.

It reads: "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."

Lady Celia was a guest at Prince Harry's wedding to Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, in Windsor Castle, in May 2018.

She joined A-list celebrities like George and Amal Clooney and Elton John to celebrate Harry and Meghan's touching ceremony, broadcast to a global audience of millions.

In addition to husband Sam's role with the queen's horses, her son William was a Page of Honour for Elizabeth for three years ending when he was 15, the Daily Mail reported.

The news comes after Meghan last week revealed she suffered a miscarriage over the summer, losing her second child while holding baby Archie.

In a New York Times essay, Meghan wrote: "After changing his diaper, I felt a sharp cramp. I dropped to the floor with him in my arms, humming a lullaby to keep us both calm, the cheerful tune a stark contrast to my sense that something was not right.

Queen Elizabeth II With 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 in Cheltenham, England. Lady Celia died on Saturday, November 28, according to a death notice in the Daily Telegraph. Max Mumby/Getty

"I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second.

"Hours later, I lay in a hospital bed, holding my husband's hand. I felt the clamminess of his palm and kissed his knuckles, wet from both our tears.

"Staring at the cold white walls, my eyes glazed over. I tried to imagine how we'd heal."