£10bn Duke splits with sweet­heart he met at school


HERE’S some news to have fe­male hearts flut­ter­ing across the na­tion: Bri­tain’s most el­i­gi­ble young bach­e­lor is said to be back on the sin­gles’ mar­ket.

I hear that the Duke of West­min­ster, 27, who in­her­ited a £10 bil­lion for­tune when his fa­ther died two years ago, has split up with his girl­friend, Har­riet Tom­lin­son, also 27.

‘They are no longer a cou­ple,’ claims one of their friends. ‘It’s sad, but Hugh is still young and it was too soon for him to set­tle down.’ It re­mains to be seen if the break-up is per­ma­nent or merely a tem­po­rary set­back, as the Duke has been a friend of Har­riet since they were pupils at £30,000-a-year Ellesmere Col­lege in Shrop­shire, where he was known sim­ply as Hugh Grosvenor.

The daugh­ter of a cur­tain fac­tory boss, Har­riet stud­ied teach­ing at the Uni­ver­sity of Wales, Cardiff be­fore tak­ing a job in re­cruit­ment.

Hugh, who stud­ied coun­try­side man­age­ment at New­cas­tle Uni­ver­sity, has taken Har­riet on a lux­ury hol­i­day to Cal­i­for­nia and re­ports last year said the cou­ple were ‘bliss­fully happy’.

He be­came Bri­tain’s youngest bil­lion­aire on the death of his fa­ther, Ger­ald. As well as in­her­it­ing the ti­tle, he gained con­trol of a prop­erty em­pire with 300 acres in May­fair and Bel­gravia, as well as land in Cheshire, Ox­ford, Scot­land and Spain.

A friend of the roy­als, Hugh was asked by the Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge in 2013 to be Prince Ge­orge’s god­fa­ther.

He was, though, brought up to be with­out airs and graces and be­gan his ed­u­ca­tion at a state pri­mary near the fam­ily home of Ea­ton Hall, Cheshire.

A spokesman for the es­tate de­clines to dis­cuss Hugh’s love life, telling me: ‘It has long been our pol­icy not to com­ment on per­sonal mat­ters.’

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