Melissa Percy and Chelsy have been besties or good friends for years. Chelsy will definately be at the wedding, not in it perhaps but definately invited. She is Missy's bestie and has been, they have always got on quite well.
Pippa must be reeling, TVS got into the Percy clan and she's still trying.
Tom Van Straubenzee and the Van Cutsem's have been around the Royal circle for decades, even though they are sometimes viewed as a bit of climber's they are definately part of that Aristo Royal circle and have been for decades. These two families are nothing like the tacky climbing Middleton's. They are not loud families, most times they stay within that Aristo circle and we don't see them in the press a ton, unless Tom Van Straubenzee is hanging with William or chatting with Kate or having a charitiy for his brother. The Van Cutsem's the same, it's usually a wedding or charity or royal outing of some kind. The Van Cutsemn's are old money and were part of Pr.Charles circle, long before Pr.William or Harry were born .
The Van Cutsem's are descended from Dutch nobility,a wealthy Dutch banking family,they married Baron's .
Fast-forward, however, 60 years, they are now aged 62 and 66 respectively, and Emilie's husband, Hugh van Cutsem, an intimate friend of the Prince of Wales, is battling a long-term illness.
Edward, is Prince Charles's godson and Prince William is godfather to Edward's one-year-old daughter, Grace.
As daughters of a Dutch banker, the sisters grew up in some comfort in Holland.
'We were always close as children and the best of friends when we married and had children of our own,' says Wilhelmina, whose Dutch husband Baron van Tuyl was also a banker.
'Christina and I married Dutchmen and Emilie married Hugh - I think she met him at the races. We all ended up living in Britain in the Seventies - we love it here.'
When the Prince introduced the van Cutsems to Lady Diana Spencer, Emilie, who has four sons, instantly took Diana under her wing and, over the years, provided her with a mature and understanding shoulder to lean on.
However, when Charles and Diana's marriage ran into difficulties, the van Cutsems sided with the Prince.
But things have not always run smoothly between Camilla and Emilie either. For example, there was the issue over their son Edward's wedding when Charles and his mistress stayed away because protocol decreed they would have to be seated apart at Chester Cathedral as the Queen was present.
At 62, Emilie, it must be said, has a tough Dutch streak which does not always endear her to people, even to friends. Like her sister, Wilhelmina, she too has risked relationships by speaking her mind. Friends this week were recalling one Highgrove dinner party at which Charles left the table to take a telephone call from Emilie and returned with a face like thunder and saying that he would 'not be spoken to like that by anyone'
. Shortly afterwards, Camilla left the table.
When she returned she murmured to the Prince that it was 'unlikely' it would happen to him again. She had telephoned Emilie and it had been 'sorted'. The trouble between the two women began eight years ago when it emerged that Camilla's son, Tom, had dabbled in cocaine
. According to an aide, the van Cutsems told Charles that they thought Tom was a bad influence on their own then teenage sons.
When the Prince relayed this to Camilla she was outraged. Reports circulating among royal staff claim that Mrs Parker Bowles referred to Emilie as 'the Dutch cow'.
As one aide tartly observed: 'Coming from a woman whom Diana used to call "the rottweiler", that was a bit rich.' Things turned even nastier when the van Cutsem boys threatened legal action against a royal aide they accused of spreading stories about them.
This was a particularly difficult period for Emilie van Cutsem because she felt that her own usefulness to Charles was being eroded by Camilla's increasingly open presence in Charles's life.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1048473/They-Charless-closest-confidantes-van-Cutsem-sisters-embroiled-clash-35m-fortune.html#ixzz2BbVxHFVB
Pr, Charles had a good relationship with the Van Cutsem's until Camilla entered. The Van Cutsem ladies, liked Diana and found Charles trysts and meetings with Camilla uncomfortable(even though in the end they sided with Charles, the ladies never really got on with Camilla before, during or after the divorce from Diana,I think they just tolerated Camilla for Charles (that's why I say they could be bit of climbers sometimes, pleasing the future King to stay in his circle) but they didn't always feel the need to please Camilla, it just got worse when the Van Cutsem's asked that Charles and Camilla not sit together for one of their son's weddings.
As for Tom Van Straubenzee who is marrying into the Percy clan , I'll have to read up more on him and his family, but he has been around William and Harry for decades too.