Patricia Altschul is definitely the grand dame of the Southern Charm crew, but it turns out she also holds another role for a member of that squad. OK, sure, she's Whitney Sudler-Smith's actual mom, but it turns out she's also a maternal figure for Shep Rose. "When my [second] mother [Patricia] happens to be in Atlanta and invites me to dinner. I happily accept," he shared on Instagram about his night grabbing steak and wine with the queen of Charleston.
It's not the first time that Shep has bestowed the honor of being a mother figure to him on Patricia. In fact, when The Daily Dish spoke to him back in 2016, he compared his relationship with Patricia to that of his actual mom, Frances Rose.
"I mean, we talk on the phone actually every now and then," Shep said at the time of his friendship with Patricia. "Even when Whitney's out of town, she'll say, 'I have a friend in town I want you to meet. Why don't you come over and have a glass of wine?' So, I don't think I'm stretching it too much to say that she's sort of — we consider each other our second mom, second son kind of thing. I think. I hope that's not overstepping."
Now we're just wondering if there are similarities between his surrogate mom and his real mom. "Well, my mom don't have a butler," he joked. "But they're a lot of alike. They can hang with the guys and laugh at the stories and not be too demure and Southern gentile. They can yuck it up and that's fun. I like that. Of course, I wouldn't say some of the things that Whitney says in front of his mom in front of my mom, but that's their relationship and that's fine."
You can check out Shep, Patricia, and the whole Southern Charm crew when Season 6 premieres on May 15 at 8/7c.