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Who Is Lady Gabriella Windsor?

The daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent is in the news this week for all the wrong reasons.
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Even amid the news of the new royal baby's name, and ongoing updates about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding, another member of the Windsor clan has found herself in the spotlight this week.

Aatish Taseer, a writer whom Lady Gabriella dated in the early 2000s, recently published an essay in Vanity Fair detailing the time he spent in London with Ella, as she is known.

Here's what you need to know about Lady Gabriella

LADY GABRIELLA IS THE SUBJECT OF UNCOMFORTABLE SCRUTINY.

Taseer claims he and his then-girlfriend did drugs together and swam naked in the Buckingham Palace pool, but perhaps more scandalously, he details her mother, Princess Michael of Kent's history of racism, including a well-documented outburst in New York in 2004 and the unfortunate anecdote that she had named two black sheep Venus and Serena.

A spokesperson for Lady Gabriella's parents told the Daily Mail that "There won’t be any comment on the story," but a friend of the young Windsor cousin told that publication that the allegations were "fiction."

LADY GABRIELLA WINDSOR IS THE DAUGHTER OF PRINCE AND PRINCESS MICHAEL OF KENT.

His Royal Highness Prince Michael is the Queen's first cousin, which makes Lady Gabriella her first cousin once removed, and a fairly close relative of not only the monarch, but also Prince William and Prince Harry. Prince Michael is also distantly related to Prince Philip.

Lady Gabriella's mother was born Baroness Marie Christine von Reibnitz, and in 1978, when she married Prince Michael, earned the right to use her husband's title. His title does not grant her use of the name Princess Marie Christine—she could only use that if she had been born royal. (For the same reason the Duchess of Cambridge could go by Princess William for example, but can not go by Princess Catherine.)

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Lady Gabriella has an older brother, Lord Frederick, who married Sophie Winkleman in 2009. They have two daughters, Maud Elizabeth Daphne Marina (who goes to the same school as Prince George) and Isabella Alexandra May Windsor.


Lady Gabriella Windsor at her brother's wedding.

ELLA IS HER NICKNAME.

Her full name is Lady Gabriella Marina Alexandra Ophelia Windsor.

SHE SHARES HER BIRTHDAY WITH THE QUEEN.

Lady Gabriella was born on April 23, 1981 in St. Mary's Hospital in London and is currently 37 years old. She grew up in an apartment in Kensington Palace. The Queen had famously paid the rent on the apartment until 2008, when members of Parliament demanded Prince and Princess Michael pay the full market-rate amount of £120,000.

Lady Gabriella went to college at Brown University in Rhode Island.

SHE IS IN LINE TO THE THRONE, BUT WAY DOWN THE LIST.

The birth of Prince Louis bumped Prince Michael down to 46th, and Lady Gabriella down to 50th. That said, they are both seen on the Buckingham Palace balcony with the rest of the royal family from time to time.

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Prince and Princess Michael of Kent on the balcony with their family including Lady Gabriella.

SHE WORKS AS A WRITER.

Her work has appeared in several outlets including the Sunday Telegraph, the Evening Standard, Country Life, The Spectator, and the Spanish version of Hello!

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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