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Lady Frederick Windsor Reveals How Prince Charles Helped Her Recover After a Life-Threatening Car Accident

She says he gave her a "magnificently practical" gift.
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Five months after a life-threatening car accident, Lady Frederick Windsor—the wife of Lord Frederick Windsor, and the daughter-in-law of the Queen's first cousin Prince Michael—is speaking out about the traumatic crash, and how the royal family supported her during her period of recuperation.

Lady Windsor, an actress who also goes by her maiden name, Sophie Winkleman, was nearly paralyzed by the accident, which took place in November 0f 2017, as she was driving away from the set of the American series Trust about John Paul Getty III's kidnapping. In the show, she plays the role of Margot.


Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor in 2012

"It's very strange, when something huge happens to your body, you don't immediately feel the pain," she says a new interview with Hello. "I felt lots of warmth and a strange kind of serenity. I felt like my soul was rising up and seeing everything … Yes, I did expect to die. It was extraordinary."

In the piece, Lady Windsor reveals that she spent several weeks recovering from her injuries, which included a broken back. During that time the Prince of Wales gave her a "magnificently practical" gift.

"Prince Charles sensed correctly that everything would be chaos at home, so he asked his cook, instead of taking care of him, to take care of us," she says. "So, our lunches and dinners were cooked at Clarence House then delivered for weeks on end while I was in hospital and then still disabled at home."

Lady Windsor also shares that the Duke of Cambridge called to look after her. "I heard from pretty much every member of Freddie's family, I was spoiled to bits by them," she shares.

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

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