Lord Snowdon left his love child out of his will
LORD SNOWDON left nothing in his will to the illegitimate daughter who fought to be recognised as his child, probate records reveal.
The former high-society photographer shunned Polly Fry, splitting his £3.2million estate mainly between his four other children including a son born out of wedlock. Ms Fry persuaded Lord Snowdon to take a DNA test in 2004, which proved he was her father.
Her mother was his childhood friend Camilla Grinling, who had married inventor and engineer Jeremy Fry in 1955.
Ms Fry was born in 1960, three weeks after the photographer, born Antony Armstrong-Jones, married Princess Margaret at Westminster Abbey. According to probate records seen by the Daily Mail, Lord Snowdon split most of his estate between his two children by the Princess: David, 2nd Earl of Snowdon and Lady Sarah Chatto, and his daughter Lady Frances who is his child with second wife Lucy Lindsay-Hogg.
The three all received shares in his company Armstrong-Jones. Son Jasper Cable-Alexander, 19, the result of an affair with Melanie Cable-Alexander, former Country Life features editor, was left a £250,000 fund which will make payments until he is 25. The revelation of his birth in 1998 led to the end of his marriage to Ms LindsayHogg.
Lord Snowdon also left £25,000 to his one-time lover Emily Hirst, as well as a lump sum to Ms LindsayHogg. But Ms Fry received no mention in the will, which was signed in 2006.
The 57-year-old wrote in 2008 about finding out her true parentage: “Finding out at the age of 45 that the man I had idolised and put on a pedestal higher than Nelson’s Column since I was a small child was not in fact my father was a hard burden to bear.”