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By inheriting the bulk of his father’s estimated £8.3 billion fortune, the new Duke becomes the third richest person in the UK and the 68th wealthiest in the world.
At the heart of the family fortune is a property portfolio which includes 300 acres in two of London’s most expensive neighbourhoods, Mayfair and Belgravia.
That had previously led more than one society commentator to joke that on his father’s death Hugh would “own half of London”.
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It is only as a result of Britain’s ancient laws of primogeniture, first introduced by the Normans following the invasion of 1066, that Hugh has inherited his father’s title.
He is not, after all, his parents’ first born child, being preceded by his older sisters Lady Tamara, 36, who is married to one of Prince William's closest friends, Edward van Cutsem, and Lady Edwina, 34, the wife of television presenter Dan Snow.
By virtue of being a boy, however, Hugh now inherits both the title and the estate, although his sisters – including the youngest, Lady Viola, 23 – will benefit from substantial trust funds.
Things might have been different had a bill seeking to introduce equal rights of succession for all first born children, whether male and female, succeeded in making its way through Parliament.
originally posted by: Kester
Good old-fashioned sexism. Can't have the fillies taking control of The Empire.