Long before Harry and Meghan, there was another British royal couple who fled to the U.S. to pursue Hollywood careers

Anita Durairaj

Contrary to public opinion, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are not the only royal couple who fled to the U.S. to pursue a different life and Hollywood careers.

An article in the UK's Express reports that long before Harry and Meghan's exit from the U.K., there was Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor.

Lord Frederick is the son of Prince Michael of Kent (a first cousin of the late Queen Elizabeth II) and his wife, Princess Michael of Kent.

Lord Frederick was married to British actress, Sophie Winkleman (Lady Frederick Windsor) in 2009.

Shortly after the wedding, the couple moved to the U.S. so that Sophie could pursue an acting career. They settled down in California.

Sophie had many supporting roles in popular drama shows such as Two and a Half Men, Hot in Cleveland, CSI Miami, and more.

However, by 2016, both Lord Frederick and Sophie decided to return back to the U.K. permanently. Their second daughter was born right after their return.

Sophie continues to act on British TV. Her last acting role was in 2022.

She is a royal patron for at least two British charities, School-Home Support and the Children's Surgery Foundation.

While Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are more senior and more famous than Lord Frederick and Sophie Winkelman, there seem to be more differences than similarities between the couples.

For one, Lord Frederick and his wife did return back to the U.K. Their stay in the U.S. was temporary. Also, there was no rift, drama, or much media attention when they moved away while Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been the talk of the media for the past few years.

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