Having endured the most harrowing ordeal of his life, financier Ben Goldsmith has received some joyful news at last.
I can reveal that his wife, Jemima is expecting a baby.
Ben confirms the news, telling me: ‘Our child is due in May.’
It comes seven months after his teenage daughter Iris was killed in a tragic accident on their family farm in Somerset.
‘Iris is, of course, irreplaceable, but a new baby will help give Ben a focus again — he has really struggled,’ one of his friends tells me.
Financier Ben Goldsmith’s wife Jemima is expecting a baby. It comes seven months after his teenage daughter Iris (pictured with her father) was killed in a tragic accident on their family farm in Somerset, writes RICHARD EDEN
The baby will be Ben’s third child with his wife, the model-turned-society caterer Jemima Jones, writes RICHARD EDEN
‘The whole family is delighted with the baby news.’
Iris was just 15 when the vehicle she was driving, similar to a quad bike, overturned at the start of the school holidays last summer. She was with a friend who immediately raised the alarm but she could not be saved.
With shattering candour, Ben told me a few days later: ‘I just can’t get my head round the enormity of what’s happened — it’s just so unfair. I’m feeling desperate, like I can’t breathe most of the time. The only solace these last few miserable days has been having all my family here with us.’
Ben is the son of late billionaire tycoon Sir James Goldsmith and younger brother of Environment Minister Lord (Zac) Goldsmith and television producer Jemima Goldsmith.
His mother, Lady Annabel, inspired the name of legendary Mayfair nightclub Annabel’s.
Iris was one of three children from Ben’s first marriage, to banking heiress Kate Rothschild. They have two sons: Frank, 14, and Isaac, 11.
The baby will be Ben’s third child with his wife, the model-turned-society caterer Jemima Jones. The couple have a three-year-old daughter, Eliza, and a son, Arlo, aged two.
Their friend adds: ‘Jemima has been a rock for Ben since the tragedy.’
Castles used to be defended with crossbows and boiling oil, but the Duchess of Rutland has proved it’s a much more civilised affair these days.
In a show of enterprising spirit, she has attempted to secure the name of her Grade I-listed home in Leicestershire for commercial use by applying to trademark ‘Belvoir Castle’ for entertainment, clothing, food and shopping.
The estate has been the ancestral home of the family of her estranged husband, the Duke of Rutland, for the past 500 years. Despite their split, the couple, who have five children, still live together — albeit in separate wings of the building.