Sophie Winkleman, otherwise known as Lady Frederick Windsor has spoken of how Prince Charles came to her aid after a car accident that nearly killed her.
The actress, who is married to Lord Frederick Windsor, the son of The Queen’s cousin, Prince Michael of Kent, was involved in the crash in Cambridgeshire in November 2017, when her car was hit, throwing the vehicle into the air.
Lady Windsor suffered life-threatening injuries and was left without feeling in her legs for three days.
She has recently spoken about The Prince of Wales’ response to the crash, revealing: “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.
“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!”
She described the gesture as a “magnificently practical” gift that helped to aid her recovery.
Speaking about the accident to Hello Magazine, she said: “I just remember a massive great thwack and then lots of hot blood all over me.
“I recall heat; I had broken my back and ruptured my abdomen so my belly was torn apart and basically in my lap.”
She also recalled: “I could feel my backbones jiggling around and I thought: ‘I really hope this doesn’t mean anything paralysing. It’s very strange, when something huge happens to your body, you don’t immediately feel the pain.
“I felt lots of warmth and a strange kind of serenity. I felt like my soul was rising up and seeing everything.”
Sophie admitted that she felt she was about to die, noting that she was “only a couple of millimetres away from paralysis.”
While recovering in Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London, she was visited by multiple members of the Royal Family including Prince William. She said: “I heard from pretty much every member of Freddie’s family, I was spoiled to bits by them.”
The half-sister of TV presenter Claudia Winkleman, Sophie was educated at Cambridge University and regularly features on BBC Radio 4’s programming. She is best known for starring as ‘Big Suze’ in the TV sitcom ‘Peep Show’. Sophie married Lord Frederick Windsor in September 2009 and has two daughters.