‘Clever’ Prince George started ‘speaking long before other toddlers his age’, actress Sophie Winkleman has revealed after her daughter had a play date with the future king.
Ms Winkleman, who is married to Lord Frederick Windsor, the son of the Queen’s cousin Prince Michael of Kent, said her eldest, Maud, was invited to meet George at Kensington Palace last year.
The 35-year-old, who has starred in the television sitcoms Peep Show and Two And A Half Men, and her husband welcomed their second daughter, Isabella, last month.
Lord Frederick Windsor and his wife Sophie Winkleman pose with their newborn, Isabella, in Hello! magazine
Speaking to Hello! magazine, Ms Winkleman said: ‘We were invited to tea at Kensington Palace just before Princess Charlotte was born. Maud and George got on very well.’
The toddler prince would have been around 20 months old when he met Maud, who is about three weeks younger than George.
The screen star added: ‘He is a very clever, articulate little boy and was speaking long before other toddlers his age.’
When George was taken on a tour of New Zealand in 2014 by his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the then eight-month-old prince joined a playgroup in Wellington and was noticeably larger than the other children who were a similar age.
Speaking about Prince George, Sophie told the publication: ‘He is a very clever, articulate little boy and was speaking long before other toddlers his age’
Lord Frederick Windsor and Sophie Winkleman married at Hampton Court in September 2009
Ms Winkleman, the sister of Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia, went into labour on a Saturday.
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She told the publication that her 34-year-old financial analyst husband was at her bedside in London’s Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, but his interest in the football scores caused a little friction.
She said: ‘Freddie didn’t leave my side throughout the birth.
‘Mind you, I nearly broke his phone when he kept checking it to find out the result of the weekend’s football matches.’
Clearly infatuated with adorable Isabella, Sophie added: ‘I haven’t stopped cuddling her since she was born. I carry her everywhere with me.’
The couple married at Hampton Court in September 2009 and Freddie said the Queen was ‘very pleased for us’ when he informed her about the birth of their second child.
Freddie said he is ‘thrilled’ to have a second little girl.
He told Hello!: ‘I didn’t realise how funny little girls can be until I had one. I’m also thrilled they will have each other.
‘As a child I had – and still have – a close bond with my younger sister (Lady Gabriella Windsor) and it will be wonderful to watch Maud and Isabella play and grow up together like we did.
‘The bond you form with your sibling can be the closest one you have with anyone in your life.’
Sophie told the publication that her 34-year-old financial analyst husband was at her bedside in London’s Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, but his interest in the football scores caused a little friction
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pictured at their Kensington Palace home with their two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte
Freddie’s parents, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, released a statement about the arrival of the 43rd in line to the throne after the birth on January 16.
It read: ‘Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor have this morning announced the birth of their second daughter, Isabella Alexandra May Windsor.
‘The baby was safely delivered at 11.59pm on 16th January 2016 at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital.’
It continued: ‘Her Majesty the Queen has been informed. Prince and Princess Michael of Kent’s family and Lady Frederick’s family are delighted with the news.’
Read the full interview in Hello! magazine, out now.
Prince and Princess Michael of Kent released a statement about the arrival of the 43rd in line to the throne