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James Middleton, Vogue Williams and Spencer Matthews during ladies day of the 2018 Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Downs Racecourse, Epsom. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)

James Middleton, Vogue Williams and Spencer Matthews during ladies day of the 2018 Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Downs Racecourse, Epsom. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)

Spencer Matthews and Vogue Williams in St Barth's. Picture: IMP features/Eliotpress/MEGA

Spencer Matthews and Vogue Williams in St Barth's. Picture: IMP features/Eliotpress/MEGA

Spencer Matthews and Vogue Williams in St Barth's. Picture: IMP features/Eliotpress/MEGA

Spencer Matthews and Vogue Williams in St Barth's. Picture: IMP features/Eliotpress/MEGA

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall speaks to Phillip Treacy during a function at the Irish Embassy on November 9, 2010 in London. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall speaks to Phillip Treacy during a function at the Irish Embassy on November 9, 2010 in London. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The bride Camilla Campion-Awwad arriving with her sister Aysha Campion-Awwad who was a bridesmaid at the Sacred Heart Chuch in Glengarriff where the wedding  took place. Photo: Steve Humphreys

The bride Camilla Campion-Awwad arriving with her sister Aysha Campion-Awwad who was a bridesmaid at the Sacred Heart Chuch in Glengarriff where the wedding took place. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Vogue Williams and Spencer Matthews attend the Paul Costelloe presentation during London Fashion Week February 2019 at the Simpsons in the Strand on February 18, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/BFC/Getty Images)

Vogue Williams and Spencer Matthews attend the Paul Costelloe presentation during London Fashion Week February 2019 at the Simpsons in the Strand on February 18, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/BFC/Getty Images)

Lucy Lanigan-O'Keeffe.  PIC: Facebook

Lucy Lanigan-O'Keeffe. PIC: Facebook

James Middleton, Vogue Williams and Spencer Matthews during ladies day of the 2018 Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Downs Racecourse, Epsom

James Middleton, Vogue Williams and Spencer Matthews during ladies day of the 2018 Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Downs Racecourse, Epsom

Princess Diana in Paul Costelloe

Princess Diana in Paul Costelloe

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James Middleton, Vogue Williams and Spencer Matthews during ladies day of the 2018 Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Downs Racecourse, Epsom. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)

Social climbing may be a dirty phrase, implying some hellbent on chasing fame, fortune and influence.

But for others, they stumble across an extraordinary lifestyle through their talent or personality. Take for instance Lucy Lanigan-O’Keeffe, the primary school assistant head teacherl who works at Prince George’s primary school in Battersea, London and is now set to marry Prince William’s best friend Thomas van Straubenzee .


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