Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Fingers crossed ....

@ HRH Princess Olympia of Greece and Denmark 

 Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and Denmark is dating a very eligible young man, according to Hola.  The 25-year-old man is the Hon. Peregrine Pearson, the eldest son, and heir apparent to Michael Pearson, the 4th Viscount Cowdray.

The Princess is the eldest child and only daughter of TRH Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie Chantal of the Hellenes.   The family has been spending the summer at Spetses in Greece with other members of the Greek royal family, including King Constantine II and Queen Anne Marie.

Lord Cowdray, 74, is one of the wealthiest men in the United Kingdom. He owns the 16,500 acres Cowdray Estate in Midhurst, West Sussex.

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 In 2010, Lord Cowdray decided to Cowdray House up for sale as he did not want to leave the house to his then 15-year-old son, Perry.  He said in an interview: I have worried whether I will be leaving Perry a wonderful asset or a noose around his neck.  I hear it is likely to be the latter."   

The Hon Peregrine John Dickinson Pearson was born in London on October 27, 1994, the fourth child and elder son of Lord Cowdray and his second wife Marina Rose Cordle, 2nd daughter of John Cordle and his second wife, Venetia Caroline Maynard.  He has three older sisters, Eliza, Emily, and Catrina, and a younger brother, Montague Orlando William Pearson.

Lady Cowdray is "keenly interested in spiritual matters" and she practices Silent Meditation and Qigong.  She is also a sculptor and artist.

The late John Cordle was a Conservative Member of Parliament for Bournemouth East from 1959 until 1974.

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Viscount Cowdray, who was born in 1944, is the eldest son of Weetman Pearson, 3rd Viscount Cowdray, and his first wife, Lady Anne Bridgeman, daughter of Orlando Bridgeman, 5th Earl of Bradford.  Lord Cowdray's first cousin, Richard Bridgeman, 7th Earl of Bradford is married to Dr. Penelope Law, who is alleged to have delivered Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, the only child of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The Viscount's maternal great aunt, Lady Margaret Alice Bridgeman, married John Montagu-Douglas-Scott, 7th Duke of Buccleuch, the mother of Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester. His maternal grandmother, Lady Ida Annabella Frances Lumley, daughter of the 9th Earl of Scarborough, served as Lady of the Bedchamber (1901-02)  to HRH The Princess of Wales.

Lord Cowdray's great-grandfather, Weetman Dickinson Pearson, was created Viscount Cowdray in 1917.

Lord Cowdray is also the father of Sebastian William Orlando Pearson (1970), the issue from his mistress Barbara Ray.  As Sebastian was born out of wedlock, he cannot inherit his father's title or estate which is entailed.

The family is based at a smaller home, Greenhill, in Fernhurst.  Lord Cowdray was unable to sell the house, as the sale had not included the Cowdray Park Polo Club.

Today, the estate has become a successful business, focusing on the Polo Club, a Farm Shop and Cafe, Holiday Cottages, a Walled Garden, and Therapy Rooms. Cowdray Hall is described as a "haven of tranquility" which "hosts inspirational workshops and events.   Cowdray House can be rented as an "exclusive-use-hire" for country house parties,. weddings, filming, corporate retreats, and other events.

Perry is very much involved in running his family's estate and businesses.  He is also Director of Weetman Developments, "established in 2019 to address the housing market’s growing requirement for rental property."

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1 comment:

1971 said...

Would be a lovely match but I suspect Hola! is projecting as it and similar publications have in the past ☹️