Michael Brudenell-Bruce is pictured in an undated photograph. He died on Sunday

  •  Michael Brudenell-Bruce, 98, the 8th Marquess Of Ailesbury, fell to his death

Michael Brudenell-Bruce, the eighth Marquess Of Ailesbury, has fallen to his death in a ‘freak accident’ while he was letting the cat out.  

The Marquess, a distant relative of Prince Harry’s model ex Florence Brudenell-Bruce, opened his bedroom window to let his pet out but sadly plunged to his death in London.

The 98-year-old died instantly, it was reported by The Sun, after hitting his head on the concrete patio. 

He was tragically discovered by his long term partner, Teresa Marshall de Paoli, 88, who had been cooking their dinner on Sunday. The Sun reported her as believing he had lain there for at least an hour.

His partner of 36 years said she called police and emergency services, and she was later permitted to say goodbye and spray his favourite aftershave on him.

Michael Brudenell-Bruce is pictured in an undated photograph. He died on Sunday

Michael Brudenell-Bruce is pictured in an undated photograph. He died on Sunday

A relative of Prince Harry's model ex Florence Brudenell-Bruce (pictured) has fallen to his death in a 'freak accident' while he was letting the cat out

A relative of Prince Harry’s model ex Florence Brudenell-Bruce (pictured) has fallen to his death in a ‘freak accident’ while he was letting the cat out

Prince Harry at The Invictus Games Foundation 10th Anniversary Service at St Paul's Cathedral

Prince Harry at The Invictus Games Foundation 10th Anniversary Service at St Paul’s Cathedral

Teresa Marshall De Paol with Mr Brudenell-Bruce

Teresa Marshall De Paol with Mr Brudenell-Bruce 

Prince Harry married Meghan Markle in 2018, almost eight years after his relationship with Florence Brudenell-Bruce, a model who is the daughter of Andrew Brudenell-Bruce

Prince Harry married Meghan Markle in 2018, almost eight years after his relationship with Florence Brudenell-Bruce, a model who is the daughter of Andrew Brudenell-Bruce

Florence Brudenell Bruce pictured at the Royal Ascot in 2012, after her relationship with Harry and a year before she  married multi-millionaire Henry St George

Florence Brudenell Bruce pictured at the Royal Ascot in 2012, after her relationship with Harry and a year before she  married multi-millionaire Henry St George

In 2011, Prince Harry dated Florence Brudenell-Bruce, a model who is the daughter of Andrew Brudenell-Bruce, and a descendent of the third Marquess Of Ailesbury.

They dated for two months and reportedly remained friends. Ms Brudenell-Bruce  went on to marry multi-millionaire Henry St George in 2013, with Prince Harry marrying Meghan Markle in 2018.

Mr Brudenell-Bruce’s widow told The Sun police ‘thought I might have killed him’ before they realised he had fallen at the house which they had lived at for 14 years since they left his home in Savernake Forest.

‘It was an absolutely freak accident, she said, ‘there had not been a row, I hadn’t hit him.

‘I think the cat called Honeybun got her head stuck and he pushed it [the window] up and lost his balance, and he fell onto to the patio,’ she told the newspaper.

Florence Brudenell-Bruce pictured at the launch of the Savannah Miller x Next collection at SohoWorks on June 10, 2021 in London

Florence Brudenell-Bruce pictured at the launch of the Savannah Miller x Next collection at SohoWorks on June 10, 2021 in London

Prince Harry went on to marry Meghan Markle and they share two children, Archie and Lilibet

Prince Harry went on to marry Meghan Markle and they share two children, Archie and Lilibet

Prince Harry dated Ms Brudenell-Bruce for two months in 2011. He  is pictured smiling with his brother Prince William that year at the heir's wedding to Princess Kate

Prince Harry dated Ms Brudenell-Bruce for two months in 2011. He  is pictured smiling with his brother Prince William that year at the heir’s wedding to Princess Kate

She said he ‘fell 5ft, breaking the roses on the wall’ as he fell. 

The 88-year-old told The Sun her husband was ‘cold and very pale’ and she had fetched a cushion to place under his head. 

‘I said to him “Oh my darling what has happened” but he was dead,’ she told the newspaper.

She contacted his daughter Lady Kathryn Brudenell-Bruce to tell her what had happened.

They comforted one another and spent ‘all night in an armchair’ together.

The Met Police confirmed they attended the address at just after 8pm on Sunday and the London Ambulance Service attended.

‘The death is as unexpected but not being treated suspicious,’ a spokesperson said.

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