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In a rather disturbing and unfortunate situation that went down across the Atlantic, a dead body was discovered in the exterior grounds of the London home shared by Prince William and Kate Middleton's family. The body has not yet been properly identified, although the Metropolitan Police did initially misidentify the body, causing a bit of a kerfuffle in the process.
In a melancholic scenario that wouldn't feel so out of place at the start of an Agatha Christie mystery, a woman's body was found and pulled from the picturesque Round Pond in Kensington Gardens on Saturday, August 29. The pond is located directly in front of Kensington Palace, which serves as the home of Prince William, Kate Middleton and their children whenever they are staying in London. However, it does not appear as if either the Duke or Duchess of Cambridge were in the area that day.
According to Sky News, Prince William and Kate Middleton were with their kids in Scotland at Balmoral Castle, keeping socially distanced company with the Queen. While it was also stated that Princess Eugenie and hubby Jack Brooksbank also live on the property, it was unclear if anyone from the Royal Family was present at Kensington Palace the day the body was found. (Meghan Markle and Prince Harry certainly weren't around.)
Here's the Metropolitan Police's statement on the matter:
Police were called to Kensington Gardens W2 at 7.09am on Saturday, 29 August to a report of the concern for the safety of a woman. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The death is being treated as unexplained at this time, but is not thought to be suspicious. A post-mortem examination will take place in due course. Enquiries are ongoing to establish the identity of the deceased.
Though the identity of the female has yet to be determined, authorities at first mistakenly thought the body was the artist Endellion Lycett Green, who is the granddaughter of the beloved former poet laureate Sir John Betjeman. Green had recently gone missing, and officials sought the public's help in trying to track her down. The 51-year-old's family understandably feared for the worst whenever Metropolitan Police contacted them to say they believed the body was Green's. Thankfully for them, that turned out to not be the case.
Endellion Lycett Green, better known to her friends as "Delli," was found to be alive and well this week, making the officials' initial assessment quite a misstep. Here's how John Lycett Green reacted after his sister was discovered to be safe, according to Daily Mail:
My sister Endellion is alive, safe and well. Thank you all for the support and love you showed for Delli and her family. Sorry to all of you that, like us, were grieving for the wonder that is Delli. We were told a body was found and was her. It was not, and Delli was found last night. RIP the soul that was found in Kensington Round Pond on Saturday morning.
Here's hoping the female's identity can be confirmed and her family can be alerted in short order. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more updates.