David Flint Wood: Prince Charles' goddaughter India Hicks to wed partner of 26 years
The granddaughter of Earl Mountbatten, 54, shared the exciting news on her Instagram page by posting a sweet throwback image of her and her fiance
Prince Charles' goddaughter Lady India Hicks is finally set to marry David Flint Wood, her partner of 26 years, and the father of their five children. After having no plans to marrying him and then having to postpone their wedding due to the coronavirus pandemic, the pair is going to tie the much-awaited knot next week.
The granddaughter of Earl Mountbatten, 54, who was a bridesmaid at the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, shared the exciting news on her Instagram page by posting a sweet throwback image of her and her fiance. The photos in question were taken by David Loftus, she revealed, and who had taken the pictures 25 years back. He will be the photographer for their wedding as well next week. "This time next week I will be married. MARRIED!" she wrote. "Neither of us have ever been married before so we are both quite excited."
She also shared how her youngest child Domino, 13, excitedly told her teacher of the upcoming nuptials. '"My Mother is getting married' Domino was telling her teacher. 'How lovely, who is she marrying?' the teacher asked. 'My father' came the reply," she added on Instagram. A snap of the couple's wedding invitations was also shared, which revealed the pair's ceremony will be at the Brightwell Baldwin Parish Church in Oxfordshire, which will be followed by a reception at the Lord Nelson pub.
Who is David Flint Wood?
Hicks and her fiance, 60, a former Saatchi & Saatchi executive, moved to the Bahamas in 1996 and have built and restored four houses and a hotel there.
They have five children: Felix, 24, Amory, 22, Conrad, 18, and Domino, 13. The couple also adopted a young Bahamian, Wesley, now 24, after his waitress mother died of cancer.
There is very limited information available on Wood. In 2017, he has penned an article for Architectural Digest where he talked about how the pair build their dream country house in England. "Although India and I have lived in the West Indies for more than 20 years, time finally came to have a home in our native England. Our children had grown up barefoot, chasing snakes up coconut trees and playing pirate with machetes, so we decided to civilize them with British sports and Anglocentric history... India was lucky enough to have some farmland near (but not too near) her mother, at the edge of the village where our boys had been christened. We had permission from the authorities to take down two 1970s farmworkers' cottages and build our idea of a house, with a small garden alongside large fields," he wrote.
Wood has over 23,000 followers on Instagram, where he shares pictures of his family alongside topics of his interest.
How the wedding got postponed
Hicks has long insisted that she had no plans to marry the former advertising executive, even after they had children together but she changed her mind last year and in a post on November 28, let her followers know of her intentions. "David and I are getting married. Five children and twenty-five years later! We quietly decided a few months ago. A celebration of unflinching love. Until death do us part," she said, alongside a black and white photo of the two.
In December, she revealed that the pair had planned to have a winter wedding but were forced to put a lid on the festivities after revealing the romance 'dipped' as they tried to plan their wedding day with Covid-19 restrictions. "Today I should be David's wife. Yesterday we were meant to get married," Hicks explained. "Way back in early September we set the date for our tiny wedding. We sent out invitations, designed dresses, and debated vows (to obey or not to obey?) But as the weeks past the romance did slightly slip away. I think the crunch came when our priest told us we could not have hymns that might be hummable - hummable hymns are not Covid protocol. And so we will wait a little while longer, which is OK because we’ve already waited 25 years."
She told the Daily Mail: "After months and months of lockdown, many people were ready to kill each other – we were ready to get married."