Prince George 'a very clever, articulate little boy' - Sophie Winkleman
Published 15/02/2016 | 13:21
Prince George began 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 said daughter Maud was invited to meet George last year and the two enjoyed each other's company.
The actress is married to Lord Frederick Windsor, the son of the Queen's cousin Prince Michael of Kent, and the couple have showed off their second child Isabella, born almost four weeks ago, during an interview with Hello! magazine.
Ms Winkleman, who has starred in the TV sitcoms Peep Show and Two And A Half Men, told the publication: "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 actress 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 then eight-month-old prince joined a playgroup in Wellington and was noticeably larger than the other children who were a similar age.
Ms Winkleman went into labour on a Saturday and she told Hello! that her 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."
The couple married at Hampton Court in September 2009 and Lord Freddie said the Queen was "very pleased for us" when he informed her about the birth of their second child.
His wife also recalled that the Queen was "incredibly lovely" to her in the early days, and "would put me at ease in such a kind way".