After a couple months acclimating to life
at Harvard, pictures of former First Daughter
Malia Obama with a mystery man began to surface,
and it looks like things are serious.
Just who is this guy?
Meet Rory Farquharson
Malia Obama began attending Harvard University
in the fall of 2017.
Shortly before Thanksgiving, TMZ released
a video of Obama briefly locking lips with
someone while tailgating at her very first
Harvard-Yale football game.
He’s now known to be Malia’s rumored boyfriend,
So what’s up with Rory?
He’s a Brit
The Telegraph reports that Farquharson grew
up across the pond and was the so-called “head
boy”, class President, essentially, for one
year at the prestigious Rugby School, a boarding
school located in the birthplace of the namesake
He was also a member of the chemistry club
and played both golf and rugby for the school.
He’s a Harvard man
Like Obama, Farquharson is now a student at
Harvard University, which is likely where
the lovebirds first met.
While Malia’s major is unknown, Farquharson
may be following in his father’s footsteps,
according to the Telegraph.
Charles Farquharson obtained a law degree
from Cambridge University and is now a chief
executive at an investment firm in London.
Rory reportedly followed quite a few banking-related
accounts on Twitter before he deleted his
Which brings us to …
Page Six reported that since he began dating
Obama, Farquharson has deleted all of his
social media accounts.
It’s understandable given the scrutiny that
comes with mega-high-profile relationships.
Just ask Meghan Markle.
According to ABC News, when her relationship
with Prince Harry became serious, Markle deleted
her blog, stopped sharing photos of her life
on Instagram, and stepped away from Twitter.
Is Rory similarly positioning himself for
a long-term commitment?
He’s very self-aware
Farquharson didn’t mince words when it came
time to write a letter to his 16-year-old
self for the Rugby School’s publication, Meteor.
In it, he wrote,
“You’re a lanky, over-confident public school
boy, desperately trying to prove to your friends
how much of a ‘lad’ you are and have failed
Farquharson also predicted his near-future,
“You’ll have various relationships and constantly
meet new people.
You’ll even spend time living abroad.”
A safe bet, considering he comes from a wealthy
Speaking of which …
The Farquharsons aren’t in the upper crust,
but the numbers don’t lie: The Telegraph reported
that Farquharson’s childhood home in Suffolk
is worth just over two million dollars, The
Rugby School cost them 14-thousand dollars
per term, and Harvard is, of course, notoriously
His executive father isn’t the only one bringing
home the full English breakfast, either: Rory’s
mother, Catherine, is an accountant working
for the government in London.
The royal connection
Just because Farquharson is British and rich,
that doesn’t mean he knows the Queen, right?
Believe it or not, he does have links to the
British royal family.
As it turns out, Malia Obama’s main squeeze
is the second cousin of Andrew Farquharson.
Express reports that Andrew had a lengthy
career of working alongside the Queen, first
as her courtier and then as her Assistant
Master of the Household at Buckingham Palace.
The Queen even made him a member of her own
order of chivalry.
Plus, from 2006 to 2009, Andrew took on a
similar role for Prince Charles.
He’s a smoker
We don’t know much about what brought the
two together, but they have one thing in common:
Farquharson and Malia have both been photographed
No word on what Barack thinks about Malia
smoking, but in a 2012 interview, Michelle
Obama discussed her husband’s former habit
as it related to his daughters:
“I know that his ability to ultimately kick
the habit was because of the girls, because
they’re at the age now where you can’t hide.
I think that he didn’t want to look his girls
in the eye and tell them that they shouldn’t
do something that he was still doing.”
While President Obama hasn’t commented specifically
on Malia’s relationship, he has discussed
his thoughts about his daughters growing up
A few months before Malia and Rory were spotted
locking lips, ABC News asked him how he felt
about his girls dating.
Obama said he’s, quote, “pretty relaxed about
it,” citing Michelle’s influence as one reason
he’s so chill about the prospect.
Then Obama joked:
“The other reason is because they’ve had secret
There’s only so much they can do!”
It’s unclear if Malia is still under secret
service protection, and if this protection
is why Farquharson deleted his social media
Regardless, the whole world’s watching their
every move, the price you pay for mingling
with American royalty.