Lady Sophie Windsor is opening up about the traumatic car accident she was in last November in an interview with Hello!
“I just remember a massive great thwack and then lots of hot blood all over me,” she said. “I recall heat; I had broken my back and ruptured my abdomen so my belly was torn apart and basically in my lap. I could feel my backbones jiggling around and I thought ‘I really hope this doesn’t mean anything paralysing.’”
Lady Sophie is married to Lord Frederick, the only son of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. She is an actress who’d been filming for the television series Trust, now airing on FX in the United States when her car was struck.
“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.”
The car accident happened in Cambridgeshire, and Lady Sophie was immediately transported to Addenbrooks Hospital, where she spent three days before she regained feeling in her legs. She says she was millimetres away from paralysis.
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Lady Sophie was then transferred to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London two weeks later, where she recuperated and was able to walk again. She was released on Christmas Eve.
Lady Sophie told Hello! about recuperating with the help of her husband’s family, noting that Prince Charles and Prince William both reached out.
“Prince Charles sensed correctly that everything would be chaos at home,” Lady Sophie recalled. “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.”
Prince William, she said, personally called the hospital to ensure that she was receiving the best care. Lady Sophie’s daughter Maud attends school at Thomas’s School Battersea alongside Prince George. Both kids began last fall.
“I heard from pretty much every member of Freddie’s family, I was spoiled to bits by them.”