Prince Harry and Meghan remain 'proud' of their decision to quit royal life amid bitter disputes with the Firm, but at least one aristocratic family has found that even the deepest of rifts can be healed.
William Seymour, the Earl of Yarmouth, was evicted from his family's £85 million estate two years ago by his parents after they fell out with his wife, City high-flier Kelsey Wells.
But amends are now being made following the birth of their child last month, and they have even named him after William's father, Lord Henry Seymour, 9th Marquess of Hertford.
William Seymour, the Earl of Yarmouth, was evicted from his family's £85 million estate two years ago by his parents after they fell out with his wife, City high-flier Kelsey WellsInsurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The Countess of Yarmouth, 36, and her husband, 28, have called him Jocelyn Seymour in honour of William's father, who bears the same middle name.
'Both sides want to move on. This touching tribute is an olive branch and the first step in bringing the family back together,' a friend of the family tells me.
'There have been years of bad blood, so it won't be smooth, but there is hope at long last.'
When Kelsey and William married in 2018, his aunt, Lady Carolyn Seymour, mocked their invitation, saying they had not used the family shade of blue and that it was in the incorrect font, adding that her nephew was 'pompous' and 'Little Lord Fauntleroy'.
Amends are now being made following the birth of their child last month, and they have even named him after William's father, Lord Henry Seymour, 9th Marquess of Hertford
Privately educated Kelsey, whose father is a management consultant and mother a former dance teacher, told how she was ostracised by William's family due to her alleged social faux pas, including calling the butler by his first name and using her mother-in-law Lady Hertford's bathroom without permission.
A year after they married, the couple, who co-run a liqueur company, were booted out and made to live in a cottage beyond the boundary of the family's 6,000-acres while Kelsey was pregnant with their first child — a son, Clement Andrew Seymour, the Viscount Beauchamp.
The family's 110-room Warwickshire seat, Ragley Hall, is due to be inherited by William, who descends from Henry VIII's third wife, Jane Seymour.
'You could fit the entire square footage of this cottage into the Great Hall at Ragley,' he sighed at the time, admitting he 'regrets' the bitter feud because his siblings were no longer speaking to him.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer The smart set's talking about...The latest royal romance
He's one of the most eligible royal bachelors, and now the Duke of Cambridge's cousin, Prince Achileas-Andreas of Greece and Denmark — known as Archi — has got a girlfriend
He's one of the most eligible royal bachelors, and now the Duke of Cambridge's cousin, Prince Achileas-Andreas of Greece and Denmark — known as Archi — has got a girlfriend.
She is fashion royalty Isabella Massenet, model daughter of Dame Natalie, who founded the online retail giant Net-a-Porter.
'They're a perfect match,' says a friend of the couple. 'Archi's family love Bella so much they took her on their family holiday to Greece this summer.'
Brains-and-beauty Bella, 21 — whose father is Natalie's ex-husband, financier Arnaud Massenet — was educated at the French Lycee in South Kensington in London before moving to the U.S. to get a degree in English Literature at UCLA. She is now studying at NYU where Archi, 21, is also enrolled.
Described by Tatler as 'a Greek God', Archi grew up in London and attended the £28,420-a-year Wellington College in Berkshire, before moving to New York with his parents — Prince Pavlos of Greece and Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece — four years ago.
If distance makes the heart grow fonder, Dragons' Den star Deborah Meaden must be very fond of her husband, Paul.
Deborah, 62, admits they go for long periods without talking.
'If I'm filming for two weeks we don't speak to each other,' she says. 'Both of us are very independent and I think it has worked with Paul because we both need our space.'
The couple married in 1993 after Paul gave career-minded Deborah an ultimatum.
I can reveal the petite 21-year-old actress will make her catwalk debut by opening the Julia Clancey show on the first day of London Fashion