A British socialite stranded in Cleveland for two weeks in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic shared her ‘heartbreaking’ experience of being quarantined at the Ritz Carlton Hotel – saying she was forced to clean and survive her own room on a diet of Subway sandwiches.
Natasha Rayne, from South Kensington, London, had flown from the UK to Ohio to meet her newborn twins who were born four weeks early on March 20 at the same Ohio surrogate who wore Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick’s twin girls.
Rayne – the daughter of Lady Jane Lacey, Queen Elizabeth’s Maid of Honor at her coronation and Lord Max Rayne – was then still in London and faced President Trump’s European travel ban. the last private planes to leave the UK for the US with her daughter Delilah.
But when she arrived in Cleveland, the 54-year-old was told to quarantine for two weeks in her luxury hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton, where suites can cost up to $ 3,000 a night.
“Being quarantined at the Ritz-Carlton sounds chic, but it’s not,” she told New York Post. “We were almost the only other people in the hotel. There were no facilities at all. ‘
British socialite Natasha Rayne (left) was stranded in Cleveland for two weeks amid the coronavirus pandemic. She has since shared her ‘heartbreaking’ experience of being quarantined at the Ritz Carlton Hotel
Upon her arrival in Cleveland, the 54-year-old was told to quarantine for two weeks in her luxury hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton, where suites can cost up to $ 3,000 a night
Accustomed to a life of opulence and silver service, Rayne says she was shocked to discover that the hotel had suspended many of its services, such as room service, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rayne also told how she and Delilah had to clean the room themselves because they “couldn’t let maids in without masks and gloves.”
“I feel like I’m in someone else’s movie,” she said at the time. “It’s heartbreaking.”
With many of the hotel’s amenities closed, including the kitchen, Rayne said she and her daughter should use fast food delivery apps for each of their meals, regularly opting for a Subway sandwich.
After spending two weeks in the abandoned luxury hotel, Rayne was finally able to hold her twin children, Sebastian and Talitha, in her arms.
Rayne initially planned to leave the Ritz-Carlton and take her three children to the Setai Hotel’s Presidential Suite in Miami Beach while waiting for passports for her newborns, but the location has since closed.
With government agencies overwhelmed, Rayne may also be forced to wait several months before she can get the proper papers to bring the twins back to London.
Meanwhile, she fled Cleveland after chartering a private jet to Malibu, California, where she now hides out on a waterfront rental business.
Accustomed to a life of opulence and silver service, Rayne says she was shocked to discover that the hotel had many suspensive services, such as room service, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
Rayne said she is still in the dark as to when she can return to her home in South Kensington with her family.
“The US passport office only issues passports in the most urgent cases,” its lawyer, Natalie Loader, told the Post. “We are asking the UK Home Office to process emergency travel documents so that parents and newborn babies can return home.”
Despite appearances of uncertainty, Rayne says she is determined to remain positive.
“My dad used to say,” If you don’t succeed, try again. “I was brought up to never give up. I’ve had huge hurdles in my life, but I was sure this baby thing would work some day. ‘
Born with the osteogenesis imperfect genetic bone disorder, Rayne said she tried to grow her family naturally for years, but after losing nine babies to miscarriage, she turned into surrogacy.
“I never gave up hope of having more children,” Rayne told the outlet. “Just a year ago, my mom sent me newspaper clippings saying things like, ‘Guatemalan woman, 94, has triplets’ … I’ve had people say to me,’ If you give me your underwear, I’ll send them to my mother who is a medicine man in Africa who will give a blessing and you will be pregnant ‘; “I will drink holy water for you”; “I pray to the fertility goddess.” ‘
Rayne – the daughter of Lady Jane Lacey, Queen Elizabeth’s Maid of Honor at her coronation and Lord Max Rayne (both pictured above) – managed to get some significant strings on one of the last private planes to leave the UK to New York, with her daughter, Delilah. But when she got to Quarantine, she had to stay in her hotel room for 14 days
Rayne used the same surrogate that gave birth to Sarah Jessica Parker’s twins, Tabitha and Marion
Rayne’s twins arrived much earlier than expected after the preeclampsia surrogate mother was rushed to the hospital, where the twins were born by caesarean section.
“We couldn’t be there, which was absolutely heartbreaking after this crazy baby trip,” she said of missing the children’s births.
Determined to reach them despite the European travel ban imposed by Trump brought by COVID-19 days ago, Rayne put together a team of immigration attorneys who could grant her a special travel waiver in hours.
She flew in a private jet to New York, before leaving Newark, New Jersey for Ohio, just before the Federal Aviation Authority temporarily halted flights from New York on March 21.
“Leaving London and going to a country that said you can hardly be here under any circumstance seemed almost impossible,” Rayne thought.
“I imagined I wouldn’t see my kids until they were six months old, so we wanted to move mountains to get here. We had to tell the United States government, “These children are born alone. We don’t have a living family in America. ‘
“I’ve noticed that when it comes to babies, everyone is on your side.”