Model reveals an ex-boyfriend attempted to sexually assault her

Model granddaughter of the Queen’s former racing manager says her ‘mentally abusive’ ex-boyfriend pinned her down and ‘tried to force himself on her’ in her home after a night out

  • Model Frankie Herbert, 24, is the granddaughter of Lord ‘Porchie’ Porchester
  • She spoke to a magazine about the mental abuse she claims she suffered at the hands of her ex-boyfriend 
  • Told how he allegedly attempted to force himself on her after a night out
  • Said she is speaking out to urge victims of domestic violence to seek help

The model granddaughter of the Queen’s former racing manager has spoken of the abuse she says she suffered at the hands of an ex-boyfriend.

Frankie Herbert, 24, who is training to be a counsellor, wrote a first-person account for Marie Claire in which she told how she was mentally abused by a man who later attempted to force himself on her in her London flat.

Frankie, who did not name her ex, told how one weekend he switched from being the ‘sex bomb’ of her dreams to ‘rude’ and ‘aggressive’.

Frankie Herbert, 24, wrote a first-person account for Marie Claire in which she told how she was mentally abused by a man who later attempted to force himself on her. Pictured, Frankie at an event for fashion brand Zimmermann at Annabel’s in February

Frankie, whose famous grandfather Lord ‘Porchie’ Porchester is fictionalised in The Crown, explained she is sharing her story in order to draw attention to the issue of domestic violence amid a spike in cases during the coronavirus lockdown.

The model, who is based in the UK, revealed she met her ex-boyfriend while travelling for a casting. They embarked on a long-distance relationship, speaking ‘all day every day’ and visiting each other’s home cities.

However his behaviour changed on a visit to London. On the third day of his stay he woke up a ‘completely different person’ and started undermining Frankie and putting her down.

Frankie recalled how at a friend’s dinner he spent the entire meal ‘muttering under his breath’ about how ‘disgusting’ she was.

Frankie, who did not name her ex, told how one weekend he switched from being the ‘sex bomb’ of her dreams to ‘rude’ and ‘aggressive’. Pictured, Frankie at a fashion show in February

‘He’d say things like, “you are making me feel sick, you’re a nasty person, ugly, you’re spoilt and I really don’t like the person I’m seeing in you”,’ she wrote. ‘I just smiled through it, wanting to cry but holding it together and I remained as silent as I could be, something that anyone who knows me knows, is very unlike me.’

When they returned to her London flat, the man ‘ran’ at Frankie when she tried to turn off the lights to go to sleep.

She continued: ‘The next thing I knew I was being pinned down by a man who laughed in my face and tried to kiss me so hard my lip split.

‘He started trying to pull down my underwear and trying to touch me and remove his clothes simultaneously, whilst keeping me pinned to the bed.’

Frankie is the granddaughter of Lord ‘Porchie’ Porchester, the Queen’s friend and former racing manager (pictured in 1985). Their relationship was fictionalised in The Crown

Frankie screamed, alerting her flatmate and her boyfriend who came into the room. Her ex-boyfriend continued to spiral, punching himself in the face before threatening to kill himself with knives in the kitchen.

She explained she left the house that night and that her now ex-boyfriend left the following day.

Frankie did not report the incident and now feels that ‘little could be done’ but said the ‘mental entrapment’ of an abusive relationship has left a scar.

‘It’s safe to say I had a break down,’ Frankie added. ‘I was miserable and life seemed to be falling apart around me.’

The model is now urging women in abusive relationships to speak out and seek help, even during the coronavirus lockdown.

Refuge runs the Freephone 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline, 0808 2000 247. There is also information available on their website here.

 

 

 

 

 

The model granddaughter of the Queen’s former racing manager has spoken of the abuse she suffered at the hands of an ex-boyfriend. 

Frankie Herbert, 24, who is training to be a counsellor, wrote a first-person account for Marie Claire in which she told how she was mentally abused by a man who later attempted to sexually assault her in her London flat. 

Frankie, who did not name her ex, told how one weekend he switched from being the ‘German sex bomb’ of her dreams to ‘rude’ and ‘aggressive’, which culminated in him trying to force himself on her after a night out with friends.

Frankie, whose famous grandfather Lord ‘Porchie’ Porchester is fictionalised in The Crown, explained she is sharing her story in order to draw attention to the issue of domestic violence amid a spike in cases during the coronavirus lockdown.  

The model, who is based in the UK, revealed she met her ex-boyfriend while in Hamburg for a casting. They embarked on a long-distance relationship, speaking ‘all day every day’ and visiting each other’s home cities. 

However his behaviour changed on a visit to London for Frankie’s birthday in November last year. On the third day of his stay he woke up a ‘completely different person’ and started undermining Frankie and putting her down. 

Frankie recalled how at a friend’s birthday dinner he spent the entire meal ‘muttering under his breath’ about how ‘disgusting’ she was.

‘He’d say things like, “you are making me feel sick, you’re a nasty person, ugly, you’re spoilt and I really don’t like the person I’m seeing in you”,’ she wrote. ‘I just smiled through it, wanting to cry but holding it together and I remained as silent as I could be, something that anyone who knows me knows, is very unlike me.’

When they returned to her London flat, the man ‘ran’ at Frankie when she tried to turn off the lights to go to sleep. 

She continued: ‘The next thing I knew I was being pinned down by a 6ft 7 man who laughed in my face and tried to kiss me so hard my lip split. 

‘He started trying to pull down my underwear and trying to touch me and remove his clothes simultaneously, whilst keeping me pinned to the bed.’

Frankie screamed, alerting her flatmate and her boyfriend who came into the room. Her ex-boyfriend continued to spiral, punching himself in the face before threatening to kill himself with knives in the kitchen.  

She explained she left the house that night and that her now ex-boyfriend flew back to Germany the following day. 

Frankie did not report the incident and now feels that ‘little could be done’ but said the ‘mental entrapment’ of an abusive relationship has left a scar. 

‘It’s safe to say I had a break down,’ Frankie added. ‘I was miserable and life seemed to be falling apart around me.’ 

The model is now urging women in abusive relationships to speak out and seek help, even during the coronavirus lockdown.  

Refuge runs the Freephone 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline, 0808 2000 247. There is also information available on their website here

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