The smart set’s talk­ing about . . . Prince Wil­liam’s new ally Lady Ta­tiana

Scottish Daily Mail - - Eden Confidential -

EVER since Prince Wil­liam spent six weeks work­ing as a vol­un­teer at Lewa Downs wildlife con­ser­vancy in Kenya dur­ing his gap year be­fore uni­ver­sity, he’s been pas­sion­ate about sav­ing en­dan­gered species. Now, his glam­orous re­la­tion Lady Ta­tiana Mount­bat­ten has taken up the cause. This week, the 28year-old daugh­ter of the Mar­quess of Mil­ford Haven, the Queen’s cousin, was one of the lead­ing lights at a fundrais­ing ball which raised £588,000 for Lewa at The Dorch­ester in May­fair. ‘Th­ese funds will be used to help cre­ate 130,000 acres of un­in­ter­rupted rhino play­grounds,’ she says. Lady Ta­tiana, whose mother Sarah is now mar­ried to for­mer Tory trea­surer Michael Spencer, has al­ways been crazy about an­i­mals, tak­ing her pony to board­ing school with her at £38,610-peryear Mill­field in Som­er­set.

Now a pro­fes­sional dres­sage rider, she also com­peted in the Mag­no­lia Cup char­ity race at Glo­ri­ous Good­wood over the sum­mer.

Her polo-play­ing step­mother, Clare, Mar­chioness of Mil­ford Haven, had pre­vi­ously taken part.

‘Tats’, as she’s known to pals, could lean on her fa­ther, Ge­orge, for a do­na­tion or two, as he amassed a for­tune af­ter sell­ing his in­ter­net com­pany uSwitch to an Amer­i­can me­dia firm in 2006.

No doubt Prince Wil­liam will be de­lighted to have Tats in his cor­ner, as fight­ing spirit runs in the fam­ily: her ma­ter­nal grand­fa­ther was East End boxer-turned-busi­ness­man Ge­orge Walker.

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