Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent is a writer, historian and lecturer. In her new book, A Cheetah’s Tale, the author describes aspects of her own early life travelling in Africa and raising a cheetah cub. This unusual experience in the 1960s sparked her lifelong interest in conservation, of big cats especially. Among the many charities she supports, Princess Michael is currently Royal Patron of the Endangered Species Centre in South Africa (predominantly cheetahs) and also of the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia. She lives with her husband, Prince Michael of Kent, in Kensington Palace in London.
Imagine waking up at dawn to find your father has just shot a lioness that was about to eat you. Or going to the bathroom, half asleep in the middle of the night, and finding a deadly black mamba curled up inside the loo. Or being charged by a herd of angry elephants, intent on protecting their young. These are just a few of the adventures seventeen-year old Marie Christine von Reibnitz (who would later become HRH Princess Michael of Kent) experiences on her father’s farm in Mozambique in the early 1960s. Most amazing is her adoption of a tiny cheetah cub, orphaned when its mother is caught in a trap.