Friday, November 14, 2014

Nick Knatchbull still engaged to Raz

Daily Mail columnist, Sebastian Shakespeare, has a piece today about the Hon. Nicholas Knatchbull, son of Lord and Lady Brabourne.

He gets a few things wrong.  Nicholas is NOT Lord Romsey.  He is the Hon. Nicholas Knatchbull.  Baron Romey is the secondary title with the Mountbatten earldom.  It is used by the heir apparent to the Mountbatten earldom, who is Nicholas' father, Norton.

Norton, however, is the 8th Baron Brabourne in his own right, having succeeded his father in 2005. The heir apparent to his title is his son, Nicholas. Lord Brabourne remains Lord Romsey, but as he is a peer in his own right, he is no longer styled by the courtesy title. It does not move down a notch to the next generation. Nicholas is not the heir apparent to the Mountbatten earldom.

Lord Brabourne is not legally bound to leave the estate to his son. Broadlands is not entailed. Lord Brabourne can leave the estate to his daughter, the Hon. Alexandra Knatchbull or to one of his brothers. If Nicholas does not marry and have a son, the title will pass to Norton's next brother, the Hon. Michael-John, who has only daughters. The two younger brothers, the Hon. Philip and the Hon. Timothy have sons. The last in line for the Mountbatten earldom is Ashley Hicks, the only son of Lady Pamela Hicks. He has only daughters.

When Lord Brabourne succeeds his mother, he will be styled as the Earl Mounbatten of Burma, rather than Lord Brabourne, as it is a higher ranked peerage.Nicholas would be styled as Lord Romsey, as the heir apparent to the Mountbatten earldom. But there is a possibility (but unlikely due to Nicholas's lifestyle and lack of interest in his heritage), that Nicholas would be styled as Lord Brabourne (but not as a peer.) There is a precedence for this.

 The present Duke of Fife is also the Earl of Southesk. The Duke, who is the son of HH Princess Maud and Charles Carnegie, the 11th Earl of Southesk. ;He inherited the dukedom in 1959 from his maternal aunt, HRH Princess Arthur of Connaught, who was Duchess of Fife in her own right. Her only son, Alistair Arthur, Duke of Connaught, died unmarried in 1943. Princess Arthur's sister, the Countess of Southesk (Maud) died two years, which meant that Maud's only son, James, who was styled as Lord Carnegie, the courtesy for the Southesk earldom, became the heir presumptive to the Fife dukedom.

 The Duke of Fife has one son, David, who was styled as the Earl of Macduff (the courtesy title for the Fife dukedom) until 1992, when his grandfather died, and his father, succeeded to the earldom.  Not long afterward, the Duke announced that his son would be styled as the Earl of Southesk by courtesy only, and his eldest son, Charles, would be styled as Lord Carnegie.  Lord Southesk remains the Earl of Macduff, by courtesy, but is not styled as such.  Succession to the Fife dukedom is limited to the male line descendants of Princess Arthur of Connaught and the Countess of Southesk (Maud). The former line is extinct. The present Duke of Fife has one son and three grandsons, who are in line for the dukedom. Should this line become extinct, the Southesk earldom would pass to another branch of the Carnegie family.

 There are male line heirs to Brabourne barony after the Hon. Timothy Knatchbull and his sons.

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