Charles Stanhope, 12th Earl of Harrington

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The Earl of Harrington
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Tenure12 April 2009 – present
PredecessorWilliam Stanhope, 11th Earl of Harrington
Other titlesViscount Petersham
BornCharles Henry Leicester Stanhope
(1945-07-20) 20 July 1945 (age 76)
Net worth£250 million
Virginia Freeman-Jackson
(m. 1966; div. 1983)

Anita Fugelsang
(m. 1984)
IssueWilliam Stanhope, Viscount Petersham
Serena Armstrong-Jones, Countess of Snowdon
ParentsWilliam Stanhope, 11th Earl of Harrington
Eileen Foley Grey

Charles Henry Leicester Stanhope, 12th Earl of Harrington (born 20 July 1945), styled as Viscount Petersham from birth until his father's death in 2009, is the son of William Stanhope, 11th Earl of Harrington, and his wife, Eileen Grey.

Early life[edit]

Charles Henry Leicester Stanhope was born 20 July 1945 to William Stanhope, 11th Earl of Harrington (1922–2009), and Eileen Grey, daughter of Sir John Foley Grey, 8th Baronet. He had two older sisters, the elder of whom was Lady Jane Stanhope (1942–1974), who married Anthony Cameron and was killed in a motor accident in 1974. His second sister is Lady Avena Margaret Clare Stanhope (b. 1944), who married Adrian Maxwell.


He was ranked 325th in the Sunday Times Rich List 2008 with an estimated wealth of £250 million. He is the owner of some prime land in London. Though the net assets of his two main companies, Elvaston Investments and Stanhope Gardens, came in at about £5 million in 2005, his total land holdings have been valued recently at about £250 million.

Personal life[edit]

He married, firstly, Virginia Freeman-Jackson (b.1939), the daughter of Harry Freeman-Jackson on 14 September 1966, and they were divorced in 1983. They had two children and four grandchildren:

He married, secondly, the photographer Anita Fuglesang, formerly the wife of Michael Howard, 21st Earl of Suffolk.


  1. ^ "Buckingham Palace 18 May 2016". Court Circular.
  2. ^ Syal, R. (10 February 2002). "Children spent much of last years with mother". UK Telegraph. Retrieved 1 January 2019. He married the Hon. Serena Stanhope, the daughter of the landowner Viscount Petersham, in 1993
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by Earl of Harrington