It’s common knowledge that the British royal family is some of the famous people on the planet right now, and it’s easy to see why. Their presence, power, and influence are respected by people young and old.
While we feel like we have a pretty good grip on the overwhelming amount of information we’ve been given about the family as a whole, there are a few that have seemingly managed to fly under the radar. One of those members is a gentleman named Prince Michael of Kent.
74-year-old Prince Michael is one of Queen Elizabeth’s first cousins. He is the son of Prince George, Duke of Kent and Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark. At the time of his birth, he was eighth in line to the throne. Over time, he’s been drastically bumped down and is now 47th.
As far as his work within the royal family goes, his official website states: “Although Prince Michael has formally represented the Queen on several state occasions abroad, the Prince does not receive the annual parliamentary allowances, which are received by other members of the Royal Family and then reimbursed by the Queen to the Treasury. Prince Michael, therefore, has the Queen’s permission to earn his own living.”
He is married to Marie Christine Von Reibnitz, or Princess Michael of Kent. Together they have two children: Lady Gabriella Windsor and Lord Frederick Windsor. While he and his family are not paid, working royals, they do participate in various celebrations from time to time.
He and his family have found themselves in the midst of some debate over the years. One of the most notable situations surfaced in 2002 when the public caught wind that the family had been taking up residence in Kensington Palace rent free and were not even working royals.
This certainly caused a bit of stir for various reason. According to Town & Country, Kensington Palace elaborated on the situation: “The Queen is paying for the rent for Prince and Princess Michael of Kent’s apartment at a commercial rate of £120,000 annually, from her own private funds.”
The continued: “This rent payment by the Queen is in recognition of the Royal engagements and work for various charities which Prince and Princess Michael of Kent have undertaken at their own expense and without any public funding.”
Eventually, the Kent family began paying their own way for residence. While Prince Michael may not have been a royal name as easily recognized as others, we now have a little bit of insight on one of the under-the-radar royals in the family!