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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

 

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 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 and until she decides to remarry retains the courtesy style of Sarah, Marchioness of Milford Haven.  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

 

ABOVE: Lady Tatiana Mountbatten (left)

with her brother Harry, Earl of Medina (right)

LEFT: Sarah, Marchioness of Milford Haven

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