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 George, 4th Marquess of Milford Haven


George Ivar Louis Mountbatten, 4th Marquess of Milford Haven, 4th Earl of Medina & 4th Viscount Alderney was born on 6th June 1961 at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London, the eldest son of David Michael Mountbatten, 3rd Marquess of Milford Haven (1919-1970) and his second wife - Miss Janet Mercedes Bryce (b.1937).  From birth he was styled Earl of Medina, but following the sudden death of his father on 14th April 1970, he succeeded as 4th Marquess etc. just two months before his 9th birthday.  


George is the Head of the Mountbatten Family and as a direct descendant of Queen Victoria (1819(1837-1901), he is in the line of succession to the British Throne.  Like many members of his family, George was educated at the famous Gordonstoun School, the boarding school founded by Kurt Hahn (1886-1974).



George, 4th Marquess of Milford Haven

George fishing with his great-uncle - Mountbatten ​


ABOVE: George fishing with his great-uncle - Mountbatten


LEFT: George, 4th Marquess of Milford Haven as a child


On 8th March 1989 at Chelsea Registry Office, London, George married - Mrs Sarah Georgina Antoniou (née Walker) (b.1961), the daughter of George Walker (1929-2011), a self-made millionaire  businessman who founded the Brent Walker property and leisure consortium.  His company accumulated debts of £1.2bn by 1991 with debt-financed acquisitions.  A collapse in property prices and high interest rates put the company in financial difficulties.  Walker was ousted from the Board in 1991 and the group’s bankers took control, enforcing a process of sale of the company’s assets. 

George & Sarah at Royal Ascot ​


George & Sarah at Royal Ascot

George and Sarah had 2 children - 

  • The Lady Tatiana Helen Georgia Mountbatten, born 16th April 1990 at the Portland Hospital, London

  • Henry 'Harry' David Louis Mountbatten, Earl of Medina, born 19th October 1991 at the Portland Hospital, London

The Milford Havens were divorced in February 1996.  Sarah remarried n June 2016, the successful billionaire businessman Michael Spencer (b.1955), a former Treasurer of the Conservative Party, who was nominated for a Life Peerage by former Prime Minister The Rt Hon. David Cameron in his Dissolution Honours List in 2016 but it would appear the nomination was blocked.  He was finally awarded a Life Peerage - Gazetted as Baron Spencer of Alresford in the 2020 Political Honours List of Prime Minister The Rt Hon. Boris Johnson (announced 31st July 2020) and thus Sarah became Lady Spencer of Alresford.  


Lady Tatiana has become a respected equestrian and specialises in dressage.  She recently said - "I’m the most competitive person you’ll ever meet and I absolutely want to win…  I was raised with horses - my dad played so much polo that I used to sit on his horse as a baby…”  

Following the major financial losses of Sarah's father, it appeared her dowry of £25m would also be lost, which put considerable strain on their marriage.  George and Sarah lived at Moyns Park - an Elizabethan mansion near Steeple Bumpstead, Essex.  The estate was left equally to George and his brother - Lord Ivar Mountbatten (b.1963), by the widow of their mother's cousin - John Charles Felix 'Ivar' Bryce (1906-1985), who died in 1992 and quickly became a financial burden on them.  George decided to sell his share to his brother and said later - "It was like putting three or four grand a week into a bucket and dropping it down a well, and all because of the aristocracy's obsession with keeping their estates going for the next generation. I kept it up for seven years. It virtually ruined me."

An aerial photograph of Moyns Park ​


An aerial photograph of Moyns Park

Sarah, Marchioness of Milford Haven ​


ABOVE: Lady Tatiana Mountbatten (left) with her brother Harry,

Earl of Medina (right)

LEFT: Sarah, now Lady Spencer

of Alresford


Lady Tatiana Mountbatten