If you suddenly don’t get an invitation to your close friend’s wedding, something has gone terribly wrong.
This just happened with Prince Harry (39) and his friend Hugh Grosvenor (32), the 7th Duke of Westminster. He is one of the richest men in England – and wants to marry his girlfriend Olivia Henson in June 2024.
Actually a perfect high society event for Harry and Meghan. But …
As the British “Sunday Times” reports, the extremely rich Hugh (estimated fortune: twelve billion euros) is said to have decided AGAINST the Sussexes and FOR Prince William and his Kate when selecting his wedding guests.
The reason is simple: no stress between the couples before and during the celebration. He also wanted King Charles III. (75) and Camilla (76) are said to be spared from meeting each other. The two are also on the guest list.
This means that the next long-time confidant of Harry and Meghan is turning away from the English princes’ friend poker!
Hugh Grosvenor has had to perform an exhausting friendship balancing act since the princes broke up when he and Meghan left the British royal family in 2020. He is not only godfather to Harry’s son Achie (4), but ALSO to William’s firstborn, Prince George (10).
His decision now shows clearly: Harry has now become an outsider in his own circle of friends.
The latest revelations following the publication of “Endgame,” the new tell-all book from scandal author and Sussex confidante Omid Scobie (42) is not allowed to attend have contributed to relaxation in the royal family and among the princes’ circle of friends.
A friend of Hugh Grosvenor told The Times: “It’s an incredible shame that it had to come to this. Hugh is one of the few close friends of William and Harry who are still in touch – especially with both of them. He wants the two of them to put their heads together and sort things out. But he also realizes that this most likely won’t happen until he gets married.”
Who is this young, super-rich Brit?
Was in England Hugh Grosvenor Until two years ago, there was one thing in particular: one of the most sought-after bachelors in the country.
Fawned over by the young ladies of high society, but raised from the start with the knowledge that it is his family’s billion-dollar fortune that makes him so attractive and desirable.
“Hugh quickly draws a line around people who approach him and keeps them at a distance. “Simply because he realizes that they are most likely after his money,” says a friend from the “Sunday Times” quoted.
And how did Hugh become so rich?
Above all, and sadly, by the death of his father Gerald Grosvenor (†64), who died in 2016 of a sudden heart attack while walking through his own park.
Until then, Hugh’s title was “Earl of Westminster” (corresponding to the title of an earl). Since 2016 he has been able to call himself the 7th Duke of Westminster. His father’s billion-dollar fortune was (largely) inherited to him – more than twelve billion euros!
In 2009 Forbes Magazine, Hugh’s father was ranked 29th in the list of the richest people in the world.
The Grosvenors’ family home is located on the 4,400-acre Eaton Hall estate in the noble county of Cheshire in northern England. Hugh grew up there. He completed his high school diploma at Ellesmere College (12,000 euros per semester) before studying landscape management in Newcastle. He has three sisters: Tamara (36), Edwina (34) and Viola (23). They are also said to have inherited substantial trust funds.
A friend of Hugh’s told the Sun: “Hugh never flaunted the money, but he still bought drinks. He’s really down to earth and a good guy.”
Most of the family’s money is invested in real estate and land in the finest parts of England.
Essential component: Houses in the posh London districts of Mayfair, Belgravia and Pimlico (over 1.2 square kilometers in total) as well as in the counties of Cheshire and Lancashire, in Oxford and Scotland.
This means he is likely to be far richer than his royal friends. Above all, his inheritance means that he now owns far more land than King Charles III.
Hugh Grosvenor’s connections to the English royal family have grown over the years and are extremely close and trusting: the current King Charles III was present at his baptism. present. Charles is one of Hug’s godfathers and was also close friends with Hugh’s father Gerald. Hugh’s mother Natalia (a descendant of the Russian Romanov dynasty) is Prince William’s godmother.
Painful for Harry: Prince William will most likely be Hugh’s best man in June 2024. The ceremony takes place in Chester Cathedral – in the north of England, south of Liverpool.
And who is the woman who marries England’s super-rich? At least not a noblewoman, which means she has something in common with Princess Kate (and of course Meghan).
Olivia Henson works as a manager in a London delicatessen company (“Belazu”) that supplies amateur and professional chefs with all kinds of food and ingredients. In April 2023, the couple announced their engagement after two years of dating.