Lord Snow­don left his love child out of his will

The Sunday Telegraph - - News - By Olivia Rudgard

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.”

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