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The real Downton Abbey 'princesses' who saved Britain's rich men from ruin

Lovemoney Logo By Amy Palmer of Lovemoney | Slide 2 of 24: Anne Catherine Tredick Wendell was born in 1900 and came from a noted New York family. After the death of her actor father, she moved to England with her newly-widowed mother and siblings. As with Downton Abbey's Crawley girls, Catherine and her sister were much sought-after, and had a number of potential suitors. Catherine was particularly glamorous, and following her debut in 1918 she received 13 marriage proposals. She eventually accepted one from Henry 'Porchey' Herbert, Lord Porchester and soon-to-be 6th Earl of Carnarvon. However, unlike other dollar princesses, Catherine didn't come from extreme wealth, and this union was founded on affection.

Catherine Wendell, Countess of Carnarvon

Anne Catherine Tredick Wendell was born in 1900 and came from a noted New York family. After the death of her actor father, she moved to England with her newly-widowed mother and siblings. As with Downton Abbey's Crawley girls, Catherine and her sister were much sought-after, and had a number of potential suitors. Catherine was particularly glamorous, and following her debut in 1918 she received 13 marriage proposals. She eventually accepted one from Henry 'Porchey' Herbert, Lord Porchester and soon-to-be 6th Earl of Carnarvon. However, unlike other dollar princesses, Catherine didn't come from extreme wealth, and this union was founded on affection.

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