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Who are the Glosse Posse? A look at Britain’s most exclusive friendship circle

7 August 2018
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England’s aristocratic friends don’t run in a crew, a gang or a group – they’re members of a fashionable “posse,” where highbred credentials are commonplace. This elite and well-connected circle is the “Glosse Posse,” a chummy band of Prince William and Harry’s best pals from Gloucestershire, most of whom have proud lineages that can be traced back to British dukes, earls and barons.

Prince William’s friend Harry Aubrey-Fletcher gives the royal a playful pinch

Most notably, the Glosse Posse boasts intimate ties to royalty, including the two most high-profile couples in the world: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

From their blue-blood backgrounds to their inherited lands and titles, these noble lads and lassies have been seen socializing in the most glamorous and powerful echelons of society.


George Percy and Pippa enjoy a tennis match together

George Percy is the Duke of Northumberland’s eldest son. He was Pippa Middleton’s roommate at Edinburgh University and they continue to be good friends. The Percy siblings are all very close with the royal family.

Katie Percy and Patrick Valentine were wed in 2011.

Lady Catherine “Katie” Valentine (née Lady Catherine Percy) is the daughter of the Duke of Northumberland and George Percy’s sister. She’s a dear friend to William and Kate. Pippa Middleton and Chelsy Davy attended her wedding to banker Patrick Valentine in 2011.

Lady Melissa “Missy” Percy, 27, is the youngest daughter of the Duke of Northumberland. Her husband, Thomas van Straubenzee, is also close with Princes Harry and William. They attended their society wedding (dubbed the “Royal Wedding of the North”) in 2013 along with Pippa Middleton, Princess Eugenie, Cressida Bonas, Princess Beatrice and her former boyfriend, Dave Clark.

Melissa Percy and Thomas van Straubenzee's wedding was dubbed 'The Royal Wedding of the North'

Harry Soames is the son of Sir Nicholas Soames, a British Member of Parliament. He went to Ludgrove School with the princes. Princess Diana was a close friend of Harry Soames' mother, Catherine Soames – the two families even went on ski trips together.

Harry Soames and his mother Catherine are pictured on a ski trip with Prince Harry and Princess Diana

Arabella Musgrave, 31, is the glamorous head of public relations for Gucci and the daughter of Major Nicholas Musgrave. She had a brief romantic relationship with William the year before he left for university, but they continue to be pals.

Arabella Musgrave once dated Prince William

Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs, 31, is the daughter of Simon Charles Henry Rufus Isaacs, the Marquess of Reading. The stylish socialite is the founder of Beulah London, an ethical luxury fashion label. Kate has been seen wearing her designs on many official occasions, despite having dated Natasha's now-husband, Rupert Finch, while attending St Andrews.

Kate's ex-boyfriend Rupert Finch is now married to Lady Natasha

Julian Rufus Isaacs, styled Viscount Erleigh, is Natasha Rufus Isaacs’s older brother and the heir apparent of the Marquess of Reading. He reportedly introduced Prince Harry to his former girlfriend, Chelsy Davy.

Julian Rufuus Isaacs (left) seen hanging out at Bungalow 8 with Chelsy Davy

Rupert Finch, who is now married to Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs, briefly dated Duchess Kate while they were at St Andrews. Despite this, Rupert and Lady Natasha have remained friends with the duke and duchess, even attending one another's weddings.

Socialite Astrid Harbord hangs out with Prince William's ex, Arabella Musgraves.

Socialite Astrid Harbord, daughter of the late aristocrat and publisher Charles Harbord, was said to have become especially close to Harry in 2009 following his split from Chelsy Davy. Her little sister, Davina Harbord, is also part of the Glosse circle, having dated Julian Rufus Isaacs.

Tom “Skippy” Inskip is well-known among royal watchers for being Prince Harry’s partner in crime. He's famous for his hard-partying ways, as well as his unwavering loyalty to the royal family. And while Harry has tamed his wild ways for wife Meghan, the couple had a blast at Tom's wedding to Laura Hughes-Young in Jamaica in March 2017.

Tom Inskip and Harry attend a wedding together.

Victoria “Tor” Inskip is Tom Inskip's sister and a childhood friend of the princes. She's also a regular fundraiser for Sentebale, the African charity set up by Prince Harry.

Guy Pelly helped organize William’s bachelor party along with Tom. A known rabble-rouser and nightclub owner, Guy is famously tight-lipped about his princely pals. Both Princes attended his nuptials to Elizabeth Wilson and Guy is one of Prince Louis' godfathers.

Harry Aubrey-Fletcher is the son of Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, the Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire. He currently works as a banker for JP Morgan. Prince William was an usher at his 2011 wedding to Sarah Stourton, the eldest daughter of Baron Edward Stourton. William’s then-fiancée, Kate Middleton, also attended. He made headlines a few years back for playfully giving Prince William's ear a pinch in public.

Nightclub owner Guy Pelly chats with Princess Eugenie

Lady Mary Douglas-Home is the Earl of Home’s daughter. She's also musician who played in a rock group called Headland.

A wealthy entrepreneur, Jamie Murray-Wells, 30, is the owner and executive chairman of Prescription Eyewear Limited. Jamie is not of noble descent, but he nonetheless grew up on a well-to-do Gloucestershire farm next to Highgrove and has been friends with Prince William since childhood.

JJ Jardine Paterson is the handsome heir to a Hong Kong banking dynasty and Pippa Middleton's ex-boyfriend.

Charlie van Straubenzee and Harry's friendship goes way back to primary school, when they attended Ludgrove Prep School together as children. In Aug. 2018, Harry took on the role of best man at his pal's wedding to Daisy Jenks in Surrey, which was also attended by his wife Meghan.

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