ROBERT Fellowes was private secretary to Queen Elizabeth II for nine years.
But did you know that he already had connections to the royal family and was related to Princess Diana? We know this.
Who is Robert Fellowes?
Robert Fellowes was born at Sandringham House in 1941.
According to Hello Magazine, he is related to Sarah, Duchess of York and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes.
Fellowes was educated at Eton College and briefly joined the Scots Guards in 1960.
In 1963 he entered the banking industry, working for Allen Harvey and Ross Ltd, discount brokers and bankers.
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In 1968 he became managing director.
How is Robert Fellowes, brother-in-law of the late Princess Diana?
Robert Fellowes is the husband of Lady Jane Fellowes, Princess Diana’s sister.
He was originally accused by Harrods boss Mohamed Al Fayed of taking part in a conspiracy to murder his son Dodi and the princess.
Accordingly The Telegraph: “Mr Al Fayed claimed in a letter that Lord Fellowes had commandeered the operations room of the British Embassy in Paris to help plan an assassination attempt on the couple in the early hours of August 31, 1997, and sent messages to GCHQ .”
However, the news site also reported that Fellowes provided a solid alibi and the investigation into Diana and Dodi’s deaths was caused by their driver and the pursuit by the paparazzi.
Speaking about Diana after her tragic death, Fellowes told The Telegraph: “I liked her a lot. She was a very good person.
“She found it difficult to find happiness in life and I feel sad for the people who find themselves in this situation.”
How did Robert Fellowes become the late Queen’s private secretary?
In 1977, Fellowes was appointed to the Royal Household as Assistant Private Secretary.
He spent the next 20 years in the private secretary’s office, becoming deputy in 1986 and private secretary in 1990.
As private secretary to the Queen, Fellowes helped influence public perceptions of the monarchy during the turbulent years of Princess Diana and Prince (now King) Charles.
The position is typically reserved for the upper class.
Fellowes held the position for nine years until 1999, when he was succeeded by Robin Janvrin.
For his 20 years of service to the royal family, he received the Queen Elizabeth II version of the Royal Household Long and Faithful Service Medal in 1997.
He remained the late queen’s extra stable master until her death in September 2022.
Who is Robert Fellowes’ wife Jane and do they have children?
Lady Jane Fellowes is one of the late Princess of Wales’ two older sisters.
Lady Jane and Robert married in 1978 at Westminster Abbey, where Diana was a bridesmaid.
Lady Jane assumed the title of Baroness at the end of Robert’s term, when he was created a Baron and admitted to the House of Lords.
The couple has three children: Laura Jane Fellowes, Alexander Robert Fellowes and Eleanor Ruth Fellowes.
Laura is Princess Charlotte’s godmother.
Who plays Robert Fellowes in The Crown?
British actor Andrew Havill played Robert Fellowes on The Crown in seasons five and six.
Havill is known for his performances in costume dramas such as Nicholas Nickleby, The Iron Lady, Hyde Park on Hudson, The Imitation Game, The King, Downton Abbey and The Duke.
Which other private secretaries have served the Queen?
Fellowes was succeeded by Sir Robin Janvrin, who took on the role from 1999 to 2007.
Sir Christopher Geidt then became the late Queen’s private secretary for ten years.
He was then replaced by Sir Edward Young from 2017 to 2022.
Since September 8, 2022 Sir Clive Alderton served as private secretary to King Charles III. and Queen Camilla.
Where is Robert Fellowes now?
Fellowes resigned his position as private secretary to the Queen in February 1999.
He then returned to private banking.
He was introduced to the House of Lords and officially took his seat on October 26, 1999.