Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Flighty Royal; Cartier Flew Freddie Windsor to Paris on a Private Jet for a Party Where He Was Entertained by Some of the World's Most Beautiful Women. Kinvara Balfour Hopped on Board to Get the First Interview with London's Most Glamorous Law Student

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Flighty Royal; Cartier Flew Freddie Windsor to Paris on a Private Jet for a Party Where He Was Entertained by Some of the World's Most Beautiful Women. Kinvara Balfour Hopped on Board to Get the First Interview with London's Most Glamorous Law Student

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Byline: KINVARA BALFOUR

It is a windy spring afternoon and I am standing on the roof of the Berkeley hotel watching Lord Frederick Windsor pose in a Dunhill suit against the Knightsbridge skyline. Although Freddie is tired (he has come directly from the last day of term at law school), he is obliging. At first he's a little awkward in front of the camera - not the natural I assumed he would be, but after a while he grows in confidence. I am playing the nanny role - he's one of those oldfashioned, well-mannered boys who feels safe in the presence of a bossy woman. But after a couple of hours, Freddie politely but firmly suggests that we finish. It's Friday and he is keen to get to the pub.

He slips back into an old Oasis T-shirt and a pair of Levi's and goes off to meet his friends around the corner. He doesn't even look at the Polaroids of himself.

I have known Freddie for years. He's not a serial socialite. Indeed, he always hangs out with the same group of friends - a goodlooking bunch, well-dressed, with a taste for London's smarter venues (Boujis, Tramp, Annabel's) - Sir James Goldsmith's younger son, Ben, and Alexander Spencer-Churchill, grandson of the 11th Duke of Marlborough, are among the privileged few. And then there are the girls - gaggles of them, all hanging off these boys. They wear tight T-shirts and microscopic minis and toss blow-dried hair.

If these are our Bright Young Things, then Freddie Windsor is definitely star of the cast.

Lord Frederick Windsor, 29th in line to the throne, was born at St Mary's, Paddington on 6 April 1979. His parents are HRH Prince Michael of Kent (the Queen's first cousin) and Austrian-born Marie Christine von Reibnitz. As a baby, Marie Christine fled wartorn Austria with her parents Baron Gunther and Baroness Maria von Reibnitz. The couple later split up, leaving Marie Christine's mother to scrape a living as a hairdresser.

Of course, Princess Michael is a controversial figure. Her father has been linked with the Nazi party, she was married (to British banker Tom Troubridge in 1971) for six years before meeting Prince Michael. And since their 1978 marriage in Vienna (they met at a house party after she separated from her first husband), she has become famous for her high-octane lifestyle and enjoyment of luxury; a taste which her son has inherited.

Two years after Lord Frederick was born, Marie Christine gave birth to a daughter, Gabriella. Both children are well-educated as well as decorative.

According to Freddie, he and his sister are also 'incredibly close' even though Gabriella is now at Brown, the American Ivy League university, where she is dating a wealthy young Indian Sikh, Aatish Taseer. Freddie spent his formative years at Sunningdale preparatory school and went on to Eton (where he got three As and a B at A level).

A gap year followed where he 'worked in a theatre in Paris, went to the football World Cup and explored Brazil' before reading Classics at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he got a 2:1.

Following Oxford, he worked in New York for Quintessentially, the luxury concierge company, with its founder Ben Elliot, nephew of Camilla Parker Bowles. 'I was selling memberships to Americans, which is hard because Americans don't want to buy anything, but I got about 60 people to join, so I didn't do badly,' says Freddie.

He is currently studying law at BPP Law School in Holborn and if he passes his exams, he will get a graduate diploma in law. After a further year, he will be a qualified solicitor. 'I would like to try my hand at being a lawyer - as well as a really nice husband and a good father - but at the moment I am concentrating on passing my exams in June.' Freddie lives in his parents' magnificent five-bedroom apartment at Kensington Palace. 'My parents are kind enough to let me live with them.

I have a quiet bit at the top of the house, and I love living there, of course I do,' he says, but the Kents' living arrangements have thrown up more controversy. …

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