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All About Sydney Johnson, Edward VII’s Longtime Valet Who Also Worked for Mohamed Al-Fayed

必須のクレジット: Photo by Alan Davidson/Shutterstock (9790106ae) The Duke of Windsor's Manservant Sydney Johnson Weekend Preview of Duke and Duchess of Windsors Refurbished House Which Mohammed Al Fayed Spent £9million Refurbishing in Paris - 12 12月 1989

必須のクレジット: Photo by Alan Davidson/Shutterstock (9790106ae) The Duke of Windsor's Manservant Sydney Johnson Weekend Preview of Duke and Duchess of Windsors Refurbished House Which Mohammed Al Fayed Spent £9million Refurbishing in Paris - 12 12月 1989

写真: サイモン・コーウェルの亡くなったお母さんは、ローレン・シルバーマンとの婚約について「大喜び」するでしょう

王冠 is introducing some new figures in royal history in 季節 5.

Predominantly set in the early 1990s, the penultimate season lays the groundwork for the show’s sixth and final season as it explores various pivotal events such as エリザベス2世女王 “annus horribilis” (Latin forhorrible year”).

In addition to documenting the disintegration of Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ 結婚, the recent season of the hit Netflix series also tells the story of several people outside the royal family, including Sydney Johnson, who for many years served as the personal valet to Edward VIII, the former king of England, who abdicated to marry Wallis Simpson (they became the Duke and Duchess of Windsor).

Though Johnson first appeared on the series in season 3 (played by Connie M’Gadzah), the recent season dives deeper into his backstory through flashbacks (as portrayed by Jude Akuwudike), including his close relationship with the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and his interesting connection to Mohamed Al-Fayed, the father of Dodi Fayed, who was Princess Diana’s boyfriend at the time of their deaths.

From his personal background to his connections with the royal family, here’s everything to know about Johnson.


He was born in Nassau, The Bahamas

Johnson was born in Nassau, The Bahamas in the early 1920s, where he resided until he was 16 when he moved to Paris with the Windsors as their personal valet.


He was the personal valet of the Windsors for over 30 年

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Johnson first met Edward VIII when he visited the Bahamas in his capacity as governor during World War II. As shown on 王冠, Edward VIII later asked Johnson to work for him and his wife Wallis Simpson full-time and he eventually moved with them to Villa Windsor in Paris where the couple resided.

Johnson served as their personal valet for three decades. Following Edward VIII’s death in 1972, and Johnson’s wife’s death a year later, he was forced to resign to take care of his family.


He had four children

Johnson was the father of four children, and in the wake of his wife’s death the year after Edward VIII’s, he asked to leave work every day at 4:00 午後. to look after them — a request the Duchess of Windsor adamantly refused. 結果として, Johnson eventually resigned.


He also worked for Mohamed Al-Fayed

必須のクレジット: Photo by Alan Davidson/Shutterstock (9790106j) Mohamed Al Fayed with the Duke of Windsor's Manservant Sydney Johnson Weekend Preview of Duke and Duchess of Windsors Refurbished House Which Mohammed Al Fayed Spent £9million Refurbishing in Paris - 12 12月 1989

必須のクレジット: Photo by Alan Davidson/Shutterstock (9790106j) Mohamed Al Fayed with the Duke of Windsor's Manservant Sydney Johnson Weekend Preview of Duke and Duchess of Windsors Refurbished House Which Mohammed Al Fayed Spent £9million Refurbishing in Paris - 12 12月 1989

サイモン・コーウェルの亡くなったお母さんは、ローレン・シルバーマンとの婚約について「大喜び」するでしょう

Years after working for the Windsors, Johnson found himself back at Villa Windsor as an employee of businessman Mohamed Al-Fayed, who purchased the villa after Simpson’s death in an attempt to restore it. Al-Fayed was also the former owner of Harrods department store and the father of Dodi Fayed, who was dating Princess Diana before their fatal car crash in 1997.

I feel on top of the world,” Johnson was quoted saying at the villa’s reopening party in December 1989. “The restoration is so authentic I expect to see the duchess stepping down the staircase asking, ‘How do I look?'”


He died in January 1990

A month after the Windsorsvilla was reopened, Johnson died in Paris 1月に 1990, APごと. 彼がいた 69 当時の.


He was described as a ‘gentlemen’s gentleman

In his obituary shared by AP, Al-Fayed fondly remembered Johnson, 彼は言った “was truly a gentlemen’s gentleman.” 彼が追加した, “We shall miss him very much.