Death in Paradise fans spot member of Royal Family in Richard Poole murder scenes

DEATH in Paradise fans have spotted a member of the Royal Family in a Richard Poole murder scene.

The hit BBC drama is known for its famous guest stars, but back in series one it featured a member of the Royal Family.

The episode in question – episode five called Spot the Difference – saw DI Richard Poole (Ben Miller) escort criminal Leon Hamilton (Jeff Alexander) back to Saint Marie by boat.

But despite being handcuffed together, Leon ended up being stabbed to death by a mystery assailant while Richard was looking the other way, leading to much embarrassment for the detective.

As the cops tried to get to the bottom of who stabbed Leon, they paid a visit to his wife Ann, played by Sophie Winkleman.

Not only is the actress the half-sister of TV presenter Claudia Winkleman, but she is also a member of the Royal Family through marriage.

Sophie, 39, tied the knot with Lord Frederick Windsor, the son of Queen Elizabeth's first cousin Prince Michael of Kent, in 2009.

This gave her the title of Lady Frederick Windsor, and while she doesn't use that name for her acting work, it still means a royal appeared in Death in Paradise.

Meanwhile fans of the show have come up with a bizarre theory that all the detectives are actually dead and the island is purgatory.

The show has seen four detectives head to the Caribbean island over the course of nine series.

DI Richard Poole was followed by Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall), Jack Mooney (Ardal O'Hanlon) and current detective, Neville Parker (Ralf Little).

Taking to Reddit, a fan wrote: "It is my theory that the English inspector, any of the three so far, are dead and the island of St Marie is purgatory.

"He is stated to solve murders for all eternity which is his calling.

"This explains the 5000% murder rate. The commissioner and all of the other officers are afterword casting to help coax him into finding his groove.

"However painfully English and uncomfortable he is, eventually he loosens up and feels he's done his job and he can move on."

Death in Paradise is available to stream on BBC iPlayer.

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