Sophie Winkleman, who is better known as Big Suze in Peep Show, was among the 1,800 guests at Prince Philip’s memorial service earlier this week – and it turns out she has royal connections
Westminster Abbey was packed earlier this week as people came together to remember the Queen’s late beloved husband Prince Philip.
The congregation included royalty from around the world, members of the government and representatives from charities and organizations close to Philip.
And among them was a star of hit comedy Peep Show – and that’s because she has royal connections.
Sophie Winkleman, who played Big Suze in the popular show, attended the memorial looking stunning in a navy trouser suit.
She is married to Lord Frederick Windsor, whose father is the Queen’s cousin Prince Michael of Kent, and she is also a half-sister of Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkleman.
Sophie, an actress who also more recently appeared in This Is Going To Hurt, married Lord Freddie, a financial analyst in 2009. They have two children – eight-year-old Maud and six-year-old Isabella.
And Maud, who was born just a month after Prince George, is among his classmates at their school Thomas’s Battersea.
George and Maud started at Thomas’s on the same day in September 2017.
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Speaking about her name, Lord Freddie told Hello! in 2013: “We liked the idea of an old-fashioned English name and there are a couple of Princess Mauds in my father’s family from a hundred years ago – one was the youngest daughter of Edward VII who ended up being Queen of Norway, and another a grand-daughter of Edward VII by his daughter Princess Louise.
“It’s also a beautiful, elegant name and it was always our first choice.”
She shares a special connection with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s daughter Lilibet – as she too was born in the US.
Due to their lowly ranking in the line of succession, we rarely see Lord Freddie, Sophie, Maud or their youngest daughter Isabella at royal events.
However, Maud did join George and Princess Charlotte when she was a bridesmaid at her godmother Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding in 2018.
She also took on the role of bridesmaid alongside her younger sister at her aunt Lady Gabriella Windsor’s wedding in May 2019.