Before Harry and Meghan Markle, this other royal couple who went into exile in the United States

Who are the others British Crown rebels? Because yes, apart from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and long before them, Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, there are many other members of the Windsor clan who have deserted their royal duties. It is Lord Frederick Windsor, son of Michael of Kentcousin of Elizabeth II, and his wife Sophie Lara Winkleman. And their story is not not so far from that of the Sussexes. Aged 43 and 42, Frederik, then a financial analyst, and Sophie, an actress, were married in 2009 in the presence of the cream of English royalty.

Once their union was celebrated, the couple set sail for California, United States, where Sophie Winklemanalthough born in the United Kingdom, continued her career. 52nd in line to the throne, Lord Frederick Windsor of course never had the importance of Prince Harry. But it is clear that his departure across the Atlantic, after his marriage to an actress, did not shock anyone. Since then, the tandem has returned to settle in England, but continues to share its life between Europe and America.

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Sophie Winkleman and Lord Frederick Windsor during the tribute to Prince Philip, at Westminster Abbey, March 29, 2022.
© Julien Burton / BestimageSophie Winkleman and Lord Frederick Windsor during the tribute to Prince Philip, at Westminster Abbey, March 29, 2022.

Before entering the royal family, Sophie Winkleman had become known for her roles as Big Suze in the English series peep showby Zoey in the sitcom My uncle Charlie or even of Susan in The world of Narnia : The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. It was during her studies at Cambridge University that the young woman met the son of the Prince and Princess of Kent. In recent years, you may have seen her in murders in paradise, Trust Where the vintage series Sanditon.

Sophie Winkleman “welcomed with open arms” by the royal family

In a 2020 interview published in The TimesSophie Winkleman, therefore authorized to speak in the media, returned to the arrival in the royal clan. “I was incredibly welcomed, with open arms by each of them. I haven’t had a single negative experience. The Queen has been wonderful, Prince Charles has been wonderful, Prince William has been an angel”she confided. They would never have scolded me if I had wanted to play a daring rolehad continued the one who became the mother of Maud Elizabeth Daphne Marina Windsor in 2013, in the United States, and by Isabella Alexandra May Windsor in 2016 in London.

Far from having been repudiated by the royal family for wishing to pursue their careers abroad, Lady and Lord Frederick Windsor have also joined other active members of the Crown on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on numerous occasions. They are also regularly photographed at national events, and were obviously present at Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee last June and at her funeral three months later.

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