rich India Hicks has paid tribute to the birth mother of her adopted son, who died in 2010 after losing a battle with cancer.
India, 51, who was a bridesmaid in Prince Charles’s marriage to Diana, adopted a 25-year-old Bahamian son, Wesley, at the age of 12 following the death of his mother, Lynn.
India, who has lived in the Bahamas with husband David Flint Wood since 1996, first met Lynn while she was working as a waitress at a local restaurant, and the pair became friends.
Lynn, a single mother, raised Wesley and her other children for meager waitress pay, and lost both her younger and older sister to breast cancer, before she too died of the disease.
After her death, India and David adopted Wesley. They also have biological sons Felix, 21, Emory, 19, Conrad, 16, and daughter Domino, 11.
India posted a picture of the family visiting Lynn’s grave on Christmas Day with the caption that it is ‘never easy’.
India, 51, who was a bridesmaid at the prince’s wedding to Diana and is 678th in line to the throne, shared a photo with 25-year-old Wesley visiting the late waitress’s grave, featuring their son Felix, Emory, 19, 21, was with. Conrad, 16, and daughter Domino, 11, whom she shares with husband David Flint Wood
India is seen with Emory on Wesley’s graduation day, brothers are close
Wesley was adopted when he was 12, when his mother, Lynn—a Bahamian waitress—died of breast cancer (seen as a child).
Sharing a photo of the family supporting Wesley as he paid tribute to his late mother, India wrote: ‘Har’ Christmas The day we go and see Wesley’s mother. I don’t think it’s ever easy for Wes. How can this happen?’
She continued: ‘But this is a strict, dire reminder to be sure to have a mammogram in 2022.’
India, who was born in Lambeth, London but moved to the Caribbean 23 years ago in 1996 with longtime partner David Flint Wood, lives in a spacious white-washed villa—which has a pool and ocean views—for five with children.
India first befriended Lin during the pregnancy, and when the babies were born, India offered to help care for them both.
She previously told MailOnline, ‘Lynn had other kids and many different jobs. ‘I was lucky to have room for an extra child.
‘I cared at home. It was easy for Wes to drop him off at our house, which was better for him than going to childcare.’
She remembered Wesley as an enthusiastic child, climbing rooftops with her own son, Felix, becoming close friends from a young age.
India remembers Wesley as a spirited child, climbing on rooftops with his own son Felix, becoming close friends from a young age (seen)
India and husband David, 25, live in the Bahamas with their sons Felix, 21, Emory, 19, Conrad, 16, and daughter Domino, 11, in the Bahamas.
In 2008, Wesley’s mother moved the family to Nassau over water, about 50 miles from Harbor Island.
This meant that India didn’t see much of him until 2010, when, incidentally, he found himself sitting next to him in a small inter-island plane. Her mother was ill and she was confined among family members – two days later, Lynn died.
Bharat takes Wesley in and often shares happy family photos of the whole family enjoying time together.
Bharat is the granddaughter of Earl Mountbatten of Burma, the last Viceroy of India, who was killed by an IRA bomb in 1979.
His mother, Lady Pamela Hicks, 88, acted as a bridesmaid in then-Princess Elizabeth’s marriage to Prince Philip and then as his lady-in-waiting.
India takes Wesley in and often shares happy family photos of the whole family enjoying time together (seen at Christmas)