The Lord Waldegrave
|English Ambassador to France|
|Preceded by||Bevil Skelton|
|Succeeded by||The Earl of Portland|
|Comptroller of the Household|
|Preceded by||The Lord Maynard|
|Succeeded by||The Lord Wharton|
|Died||24 January 1689(aged 27–28)|
|Children||3, including James|
Waldegrave inherited his father's title, becoming 4th Baronet Waldegrave, of Hever Castle, in about 1684. As a result of his marriage, he was raised to the peerage as Baron Waldegrave, of Chewton, Somerset, in 1686.
He became Comptroller of the Household in 1687 and continued in this office at the King's court-in-exile at Saint-Germain-en-Laye, until his death in 1689. In 1688, he was appointed to succeed Bevil Skelton as the English Ambassador to France, serving until 1689.
On 29 November 1683, he married Henrietta FitzJames (1667–1730), an illegitimate daughter of King James II and his mistress, Arabella Churchill (sister of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough). He had three children:
- James Waldegrave, 1st Earl Waldegrave (1684–1741), who married Mary Webb, daughter of Sir John Webb, 3rd Baronet, in 1714.
- Hon. Arabella Waldegrave (1687–1740), who became a nun.
- Hon. Henry Waldegrave (1688–c. 1726)
Through his son James, he was a grandfather of James Waldegrave, 2nd Earl Waldegrave, John Waldegrave, 3rd Earl Waldegrave, and Lady Henrietta Waldegrave (who married Lord Edward Herbert, a son of the 2nd Marquess of Powis; and secondly, John Beard (a singer at Covent Garden). He was also a 7th great grandfather of Diana, Princess of Wales, first wife of Charles III.
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