UK’s youngest billionaire dating Shropshire school mate Harriet

Britain’s youngest billionaire is now dating a fellow Shropshire school friend, it has been revealed.

Hugh Grosvenor
Hugh Grosvenor

Duke of Westminster Hugh Grosvenor, who studied at Ellesmere College between 2000 and 2009, is now believed to be in a relationship with another former pupil, Harriet Tomlinson.

Hugh, 26, became the Duke of Westminster last year following the death of his father, Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor.

According to Forbes, the Duke also inherited a fortune of £8.3 billion, along with the family seat, Eaton Hall between Whitchurch and Chester, making him the 68th richest person in the world, and the third richest in the UK.

The new couple have been pictured on a number of holidays, and sources have described her as “the love of his life”.

An anonymous source close to the couple said: “Hugh and Harriet are blissfully happy.

“They have a lot of shared interests and are both very down to earth and family orientated.

“She’s a really lovely girl and very much the love of his life.”

Harriet, also 26, met the bachelor while studying at the boarding school alongside Hugh.

The pair both grew up within just a few miles of each other’s family homes over the border in Chester. She went on to study teaching at The University of Wales before becoming a consultant on the estate agency desk at a London-based recruitment firm.

Meanwhile Hugh works as an accounts manager at a green energy firm.

It is believed the Duke has now taken his new girlfriend on a number of holidays abroad, including a trip to California where they were pictured enjoying the sunshine.

The source added that Hugh found a good friend in Harriet when his father died suddenly after a heart attack in August last year.

“He is happiest when he is enjoying time with Harriet and their close circle,” they said.

“He was left crushed when his father died but Harriet has been a huge support and is helping him to get used to his new responsibilities.

“They’re a lovely couple and deserve all the happiness in the world.”

Hugh, who is now the 7th Duke of Westminster, made headlines with a 21st birthday party at Eaton Hall that was rumoured to have cost £5 million.

His late father was a friend of the Royal Family, and in 2013, Hugh was named one of Prince George’s seven godparents.

Nick Pettingale, director of external relations at Ellesmere College, previously described him as “an exceptional student” who was very well liked and respected by his peers. He said: “Hugh attended Ellesmere College for nine years, coming up through our lower school and into the sixth form.

“He was an exceptional student and was a well-respected school prefect. We have a very special relationship with all our former pupils. Many Old Ellesmerians return to address our sixth form students.”

Hugh’s father became the sixth Duke of Westminster in 1979.

He was known for his strong views, and was an advocate of change in the Lords.

He quit the Conservative Party in 1993 after it proposed the Bill on Leasehold Reform, which would have had a huge effect on his massive London landholdings.

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