Thomas Kingston's Cause of Death Revealed

Days after Thomas Kingston, husband of royal family relative Lady Gabriella Kingston, died at age 45, the circumstances surrounding his death were revealed in a coroner's inquest.

By Corinne Heller Mar 01, 2024 4:50 PMTags
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Content warning: This story discusses suicide.

Tragic circumstances surrounding the death of Thomas Kingston have come to light.

Five days after the husband of Lady Gabriella Kingston's passing, his cause of death has been determined to be an apparent suicide. The 45-year-old died from a traumatic head wound, multiple outlets reported March 1, citing a coroner's inquest.

Thomas, a financier and ex-boyfriend of Pippa Middleton, passed away Feb. 25, representatives for his family confirmed at the time.

During a hearing at Gloucestershire Coroner's Court March 1, senior coroner Katy Skerrett said Thomas was found "deceased with a catastrophic head injury" during a visit to his parents Martin and Jill Kingston's home in the Cotswolds in southwest England.

"Emergency services were called," she said, per Sky News. "Police are satisfied the death is not suspicious." 

Thomas, whose wife is the daughter of the late Queen Elizabeth II's cousin Prince Michael of Kent and Princess Michael of Kent, is also survived by his sisters Joanna Connolly and Emma Murray.

 

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"It is with the deepest sorrow that we announce the death of Thomas Kingston, our beloved husband, son and brother," his family had said in a statement after his death. "Tom was an exceptional man who lit up the lives of all who knew him. His death has come as a great shock to the whole family, and we ask you to respect our privacy as we mourn his passing."

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King Charles III and Queen Camilla, who had occasionally spent time with Thomas and Gabriella at family events over the years, also issued a statement at the time to express their condolences.

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'The King and The Queen have been informed of Thomas' death and join Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and all those who knew him in grieving a much-loved member of the family," they said. "In particular, Their Majesties send their most heartfelt thoughts and prayers to Gabriella and to all the Kingston family."

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Keep reading for more royal news from this year, including Charles' cancer diagnosis:

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Kate Middleton Shares Cancer Diagnosis

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"It was thought that my condition was non-cancerous. The surgery was successful," she said before noting that tests after the operation found cancer had been present. "My medical team therefore advised that I should undergo a course of preventative chemotherapy and I am now in the early stages of that treatment."

Kate Middleton Apologizes for Edited Family Photo Controversy

After photo agencies pulled the picture Kensington Palace shared of Kate since having her abdominal surgery on March 10, the Princess of Wales addressed claims the photo was doctored. 

"Like many amateur photographers, I do occasionally experiment with editing," she tweeted on March 11. "I wanted to express my apologies for any confusion the family photograph we shared yesterday caused. I hope everyone celebrating had a very happy Mother's Day. C."

Lady Kitty Spencer Privately Welcomes Baby

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Queen Camilla Takes a Break

After keeping up her full slate of engagements in the wake of her husband's cancer diagnosis, the palace cleared Camilla's schedule.

The Times pointed out March 2 that the 76-year-old didn't have any engagements on her calendar until March 11, when she'd be due at Westminster Abbey to observe Commonwealth Day.

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King Charles Diagnosed With Cancer

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"His Majesty has today commenced a schedule of regular treatments, during which time he has been advised by doctors to postpone public-facing duties," Buckingham Palace said Feb. 5. "Throughout this period, His Majesty will continue to undertake State business and official paperwork as usual.The King is grateful to his medical team for their swift intervention, which was made possible thanks to his recent hospital procedure. He remains wholly positive about his treatment and looks forward to returning to full public duty as soon as possible."

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Prince William Adjusting His Schedule

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If you or someone you know needs help, call 988 to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. You can also call the network, previously known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, at 800-273-8255, text HOME to 741741 or visit SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for additional resources.