REVEALED: Prince Charles’s selfless act to help Sophie Winkleman following HORROR crash

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REVEALED: Prince Charles’s selfless act to help Sophie Winkleman following HORROR crash

ACTRESS Sophie Winkleman has revealed Prince Charles performed a selfless act after she suffered a broken back in a horror car crash last year, in which she said she expected to die.

She commented on the Duke of Cornwall’s response to the crash, saying: “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 which aided her with her recovery.

Prince Charles asked his chef to work for Sophie Winkleman following her car crash Photo (C) MEGA, GETTY
Prince Charles asked his chef to work for Sophie Winkleman following her car crash Photo (C) MEGA, GETTY

The actress, who is married to Lord Frederick Windsor, the son of the Queen’s cousin, Prince Michael of Kent, was travelling from the film set of director Danny Boyle’s series Trust in Cambridgeshire in November 2017 when her car was hit by another.

She suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash after her vehicle was thrown into the air, and was left without feeling in her legs for three days.

Commenting on the crash to Hello, 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.

“I could feel my backbones jiggling around and I thought: ‘I really hope this doesn’t mean anything paralysing.’”

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

Sophie Winkleman

“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.”

She admitted that she did expect to die, adding that she was only “a couple of millimetres away from paralysis”.

Ms Winkleman two weeks recovering in Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

She was then transferred to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London, where she remained until Christmas Eve.

Ms Winkleman described Prince Charles's act as a 'magnificently practical' gift Photo (C) GETTY
Ms Winkleman described Prince Charles’s act as a ‘magnificently practical’ gift Photo (C) GETTY

Commenting on her time in hospital, the actress said that she got support from all of the royal family, including Prince William who called to check up on her.

She said: “I heard from pretty much every member of Freddie’s family, I was spoiled to bits by them.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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