It may not he generally known that the present Duke of Cambridge married an Australian lady. When I say married, I of course refer to that strange “ morganatic function whereby Royal persons are privileged to commit what to the vulgar would bo bigamy. In other words, the Com-mander-in-chief, who could not confer the state of a Royal duchess upon any woman not of Royal blood, took unto himself a morganatic wife or legalised mistress, one Miss Smith, who at one time lived with her parents in a fine house—now demolished—near Newtown, Sydney, last occupied by Mr District Court Judge Josephson, The union was, however, based on affection, and tlits Duke never contracted a Royal marriage, He and Mrs FitzGeorge her legal title by the marriage had ever lived upon terms of virtuous happiness, which seem quite commonplace beside the vicissitudes which usually beset matrimony in high life. Mrs FitzGeorge was also very popular with tho Duke's late mother, and with other members of the Royal family. The Duke is extremely fond of his three sons—the Hon. FitzGeorges—two of whom are in the army and one in a large commercial affair in the city. They are handsome young fellows, much sought after in society and club-land. A younger sister of Mrs FitzGeorge was possessed of singular beauty and talent, and, under the name of Miss Farebrother, achieved some fame on the London stage. She subsequently married Dr Ambler, presiding genius of the Soho square Hospital, a kind-hearted though eccentric practitioner, who, through his sister-in-law’s influence, became physician to the Duke of Cambridge. The Duke extended his friendship so far as to become godfather to his nephews, the doctor’s sons.
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“Mrs” Cambridge., Evening Star, Issue 7922, 1 June 1889
“Mrs” Cambridge. Evening Star, Issue 7922, 1 June 1889
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