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Malia Obama's boyfriend Rory Farquharson has ties to the royal family

Malia Obama was recently photographed kissing someone with royal ties! The daughter of former US President Barack Obama was seen smooching Rory Farquharson, a British former public schoolboy who she recently met at Harvard, the university they are both attending. It has been revealed that her 19-year-old boyfriend from across the pond is linked to the British royal family. According to Daily Mail, Rory's second cousin was one of Queen Elizabeth's most trusted aides: Andrew Farquharson. Andrew was named Assistant Master of the Household at Buckingham Palace and was responsible for a budget of thousands of pounds for food and drinks at various events held at Balmoral, the Scottish holiday home to the royal family.

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During his ten years of service, Rory's cousin Andrew was behind notable royal moments such as when the Queen decided to shun her usual Christmas puddings from Harrods or Fortnum & Mason and to choose them from Tesco instead as Yuletide gifts. Each year, the order was made up of more than 1,000 puddings, which meant the change was a sizeable saving to the royal purse. Impressed with his service, the Queen later made him a member of her own order of chivalry, the Royal Victorian Order.

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However, in 2006, Prince Charles poached him from Buckingham Palace to serve as his Deputy Master of the Household at Clarence House. He took charge of the prince’s program of engagements, managing his travel arrangements and running his public and private residencies. Andrew also oversaw the Prince's gardens and farming interests. However, Andrew was axed from his six-figure salary in 2009. At the time, Clarence House stated his departure was due to a "review of costs." Since then, Andrew has been made the head of household at Alnwick Castle, in Northumberland – the location used for a number of the Harry Potter movies.

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