There was an undeniable air of surprise when Frances Abbott, marriage equality campaigner and fitness model, announced her engagement to Olympic rower Sam Loch on Sunday night.
The 26-year-old daughter of former Prime Minister Tony Abbott had just weeks ago declared herself “very, very single” in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar. Yet there she was, on Instagram, telling the world she is due to marry.
According to the announcement, Abbott has only been dating her new fiance for a fortnight before the question was popped: “Two weeks was all it took to know that forever with you was a mighty fine idea,” she wrote.
But despite her declarations that she is “#crazyinlove” and so “#whywait”, we couldn’t help but wonder how her folks reacted – especially the father of the soon-to-be-bride.
Apparently, he’s over the moon.
“Really thrilled at the news of Francie and Sam’s engagement,” he declared via Twitter on Monday afternoon.
“We are very proud of her and the Abbotts are looking forward to welcoming Sam into the family.”