Prince Michael and Princess to announce retirement from public life

Wednesday 22nd June 2022 08:21 EDT

Queen’s first cousin Prince Michael, pictured, turns 80 next month, and his wife, Marie-Christine, 77, share two children - Lord Frederick Windsor, 43, and Lady Gabriella Kingston, 41. According to the official Royal Family website, Prince Michael is classified as a “non-working royal” and partakes in more than 200 public engagements for the not-for-profit sector, which are funded by his own household, rather than the taxpayer.
The Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, nicknamed ‘Princess Pushy’ are now stepping down from public life. Their retirement comes just months after the prince severed his ties with Russia. The retirement will mostly coincide with the prince’s birthday on July 4.
Prince Michael, who is a fluent Russian speaker with a lineage to Tsar Nicholas II, was forced to sever his ties to Russia after its invasion of Ukraine. Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, he gave back an Order of Friendship award, one of Russia’s top honours, and his role as patron of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce.
In 2021, Channel 4 reported that the prince was willing to use his royal status for personal profit and to provide access to President Putin’s regime. He was filmed at a meeting in which undercover reporters were told he could be hired to make representations to the Kremlin. The prince has denied the claims.

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