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Aristocratic life is completely different from ‘Bridgerton’, says Julie Montagu, an American Viscountess

The hit show on Netflix follows aristocratic families in Regency-era London, but British aristocracy is now a totally different world from what’s shown on screen.

Julie Montagu is an American who became part of the British aristocracy when she married Luke Montagu, Viscount Hinchingbrooke, in 2004.

Montagu is also known by the title Viscountess Hinchingbrooke and has talked about her experience of aristocratic life as radically different from what is shown in popular movies and TV shows, like Bridgerton.

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The Netflix drama is based on Julia Quinn’s romance novel series, that follows wealthy families in Regency-era London. Season two airs on March 25th and is loosely based on the author’s second novel titled “The Viscount Who Loved Me”.

Montagu has expressed that she’s a fan of the series, and is very excited for the new season because not a lot of people know about a viscount or viscountess, or how to say it the right way (the correct pronunciation is “vai-count”).

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Nevertheless, she has also expressed that British aristocracy is different than the one we see in Bridgerton, Downton Abbey, or The Gilded Age, to name a few. “Which is all about being accepted into the upper crust of society and having glamorous parties, and looking glamorous,” Montagu said in an interview with Insider. “I didn’t come from that world, and I will never be like that.”

The Viscountess has said that she buys her clothes from charity shops, doesn’t wear a lot of makeup, and doesn’t get her hair done by professionals.

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While she continues to look presentable (and some would even say elegant), it doesn’t relate to the high standards we usually see on TV. “I am who I am, and I think that sends a good message”, Montagu said.

Who is Julie Montagu?

Julie Montagu works as a yoga instructor, but she’s also known as an entrepreneur, blogger, writer, and television personality. She also runs the family’s Mapperton Estate, which costs around £200,000 and £270,000 per year.

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She teaches yoga classes in the Estate, but she also has an online school for yoga. She was also a part of a reality television series called Ladies of London, which was canceled after three seasons; she even later confessed that she didn’t enjoy it because she was portrayed in a way that wasn’t true to herself.

Julie Montagu has been interviewed during the lead-up to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle because she’s a US citizen who married into British aristocracy, even working as an on-site commentator of the wedding for the BBC. She was also interviewed for other public events related to the couple, like their break from the monarchy in 2020.

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She’s also the host of the documentary series An American Aristocrat’s Guido to Great States by the Smithsonian Channel, which premiered in the UK in 2020, and is streaming on Amazon Prime Video in North America since March 2021.

All of her experiences, especially those regarding Mapperton State, are documented on her YouTube channel called American Viscountess, where she recently hit 100k subscribers.

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She really shows a different experience from what we usually see in fiction and even documentaries. We hope to see more of her!

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