Tatler reveals the seven Viscounts you need to know about

Forget Anthony Bridgerton! Tatler reveals the UK’s most dashing Viscounts – including Princess Diana’s hunky nephew and Prince William’s polo player pal

  • British magazine Tatler has revealed seven Viscounts we ‘need to know’ about
  • Includes polo professional Bobby Dundas, who travelled playing for England
  • Princess Diana’s nephew, Louis Spencer, also makes the list of the top seven 
  • The April issue of Tatler is available on newsstands and via digital download on Thursday 3rd March 

The world is eagerly waiting for the hotly-anticipated season two of Bridgerton, starring Viscount Anthony as the dashing lead.

But until its release on March 25, Tatler has revealed the seven real-life Viscounts we ‘need to know’ about – from polo professional Bobby Dundas, who has travelled the world playing for England, to Princess Diana’s nephew, Louis Spencer, previously dubbed Britain’s most eligible man.

Successful, sociable and with the world at their feet, the well-heeled individuals are compiled in a definitive list for the British society bible’s April issue, available now. 

Also making up the group is one of Prince Harry’s close friends Julian Erleigh, 33, who is described as the ‘eligible viscount’ and helped play cupid to the Duke of Sussex and his ex Chelsy Davy back in 2004.

Here, FEMAIL takes a look at the top viscounts in the UK…  

Viscount Newport 

Alexander, Viscount Newport, was brought up by his parents, the Earl and Countess of Bradford, on the family’s former 12,000-acre ancestral seat

He became engaged to Eliza Liepina (pictured together) in December 2020, a year after being introduced by a mutual friend

Alexander, Viscount Newport, was brought up by his parents, the Earl and Countess of Bradford, on the family’s former 12,000-acre ancestral seat.

However, Weston Park was gifted to the nation after Alexander’s father, Richard, succeeded as 7th Earl — and was promptly saddled with crippling death duties.

Alexander is MD of Bradford Estates — 12,000 acres on the Shropshire and Staffordshire border which remain in family hands.

He became engaged to Eliza Liepina in December 2020, a year after being introduced by a mutual friend. 

Her parents endured life under Soviet communism — until they left for a fresh start in New Zealand. 

‘They met at the Electric in Notting Hill,’ Alexander’s mother, Jo, told Daily Mail’s Sebastian Shakespeare, referring to the West London outpost of the Soho House empire. ‘I’m thrilled. She’s a super girl and they’re madly in love.’

The engaged couple and their cocker spaniel, Daisy, currently live between their Notting Hill house and the family’s 12,000 acres on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border

Although real estate consultant Eliza was able to introduce Alexander to her parents when they paid a visit to London the previous February, there was no chance that he could meet them to seek her hand in marriage.  

This prompted Alexander, 41, to break new ground not only for his family — motto: ‘Neither Rashly Nor Timidly’ — but for the aristocracy.

‘He video-called them,’ a friend said, ‘and asked them for their permission the week before he asked Eliza.’

He then whisked Eliza, 30, off for a weekend in Gloucestershire to propose. The wedding will reportedly be at the former family seat.

The engaged couple and their cocker spaniel, Daisy, currently live between their Notting Hill house and the family’s 12,000 acres on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border.

Alexander – close friends of Viscount Glenapp and Viscount Windsor – spent years as a partner at London property developer Quadrant before becoming manager of the land since 2019. 

Viscount Melville 

Bobby Dundas (pictured) – now Melville – left Britain for Argentina at the age of 22 to work at the Staudt polo academy

Bobby Dundas – now Melville – left Britain for Argentina at the age of 22 to work at the Staudt polo academy.

The viscount, who was kicked out of Pippa Middleton’s year at Marlborough for being ‘a bit naughty’, according to the publication, then travelled the world playing professionally for England.  

He has competed against Prince William and Prince Harry when they were part of their Eton team.

‘I would describe our friendship as “pubs and polo”,’ he told the magazine. ‘William still calls if he needs players for a charity polo day in Norfolk.’ 

Aged 29, he completed the 3,000-mile Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge alongside three friends who also enjoyed rowing.

Now aged 38, he lives in Bali with his wife Lucy, and their two children Max, four, and Finn, nearly two – but admitted ‘it might be time to come home’ following the pandemic.

Now aged 38, he lives in Bali with his wife Lucy, and their two children Max, four, and Finn, nearly two – but admitted ‘it might be time to come home’ following the pandemic

Bobby, who runs travel company IGO Adventures with explorer George Bullard, recently hit headlines in Britain over defending his ancestor Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville.

A monument of the Conservative politician Dundas at the Melville Monument in St Andrews Square, Edinburgh, became a focal point for discussion during Black Lives Matter demonstrations in June, last year.

Activists left signs at the monument saying ‘Bring down Dundas’, ‘Their lives mattered’, and ‘Hope’ – and some called for a plaque to be added explaining Dundas’ role in delaying the abolition of slavery while Home Secretary in the 1800s.

Academics say his actions in deferring the abolition resulted in an additional 630,000 people being transported from Africa to Britain’s colonies in the West Indies.

But Dundas’s seven-time great-grandson hit back – claiming his forefather should actually be praised for his role in ending slavery.

Bobby Dundas, the 10th Viscount Melville, said that far from being a racist supporter of the slave trade, his ancestor played a key role in ending it.

The current Viscount said those who claim the 1st Viscount supported slavery do him a ‘profound injustice’.

Aged 29, he completed the 3,000-mile Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge alongside three friends who also enjoyed rowing

Detractors argue he delayed a ban on human trafficking for 15 years which saw more than 600,000 people transported into slavery.

However the present Viscount argues that as the bill had already been rejected by the House of Commons, slavery would not have been ended at all without Dundas’ intervention.

He sees Dundas as a pragmatist who realised the only way to pass the bill and ban slavery was to add the word ‘gradually’.

The Viscount said: ‘Henry Dundas was an abolitionist. He was for the abolition of the slave trade. That has been written about by countless people. But you have to understand in the current climate, what was UK politics and the British Empire.

‘There was one failed attempt to get it through Parliament and the realistic and pragmatic approach that Dundas took was the only way – which many historians have written about – to make sure that the vision and final goal was achieved.’

The monument was funded by voluntary contributions from officers, petty officers, seaman and marines. The column was erected in 1821, with the statue placed on top in 1827.

The present Viscount admits Dundas — an MP and Scottish Lord Advocate — was a contentious figure, who both defended and expanded the British empire, imposing colonial rule on indigenous peoples.

He said: ‘He certainly wasn’t a saint and was a very controversial figure. But currently there is only one side of the man being shown. And fundamentally he was a politician and in the Admiralty quelled all-out war and kept Scotland in the Union. So there’s a lot that Scots do not know about a man whose done a lot, I think, for Scotland.

‘What I’ve always been in favour of is a wider conversation and education on it. It’s so important for people to be educated to form an opinion – the two sides of a coin and two sides of a debate.’

Viscount Melville said: ‘After one failed attempt already made by Wilberforce to get the abolition bill through parliament, and with so much power and financial interests involved in the West Indian plantations and the slave trade as a whole, the only way to get it abolished and a majority vote through parliament was to insert the word ‘gradual’ into the legislation.

‘Had it not been for Henry Dundas’ amendment to the legislation, the slave trade could have been about for decades to come.’

Viscount Althorp 

He is the nephew of one of the most famous women in history and his sisters grace the pages of magazines, but the chances are you have never heard of Louis Spencer, Viscount Althorp

He is the nephew of one of the most famous women in history and his sisters grace the pages of magazines, but the chances are you have never heard of Louis Spencer, Viscount Althorp. 

The 27-year-old aristocrat is the youngest child and only son of Princess Diana’s brother Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer, and his first wife, Victoria Aitken (née Lockwood).

Tall like his cousins Prince William and Prince Harry – and arguably better looking – Louis was raised by his mother in South Africa where he attended Cape Town’s most expensive private school before returning to the UK to study at Edinburgh University.

It was in 2018 that Louis really came to the public’s attention when he accompanied his mother and sisters to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Unlike his older sisters, D&G model Lady Kitty and twin Tatler cover stars Lady Amelia and Lady Eliza, Louis shuns social media and avoids high profile events. 

This sits at odds with his reported ambition to become a professional actor, although he has yet to appear in anything.

Thanks to the centuries-old practice of male primogeniture, by which an aristocrat’s title and estate passes to the eldest son, rather than the eldest child, Louis will also one day inherit Althorp House and its accompanying 13,500-acre estate in Northamptonshire. 

Earl Spencer shares Kitty, twins Amelia and Eliza – who have covered Tatler together – with Victoria; son Edmund, 17, and daughter Lara, 15, with second wife Caroline Freud; and youngest daughter Charlotte, eight, with his current wife Karen.

Despite their complicated family dynamic, Louis enjoys a close relationship with his sisters.

 Unlike his older sisters, D&G model Lady Kitty and twin Tatler cover stars Lady Amelia and Lady Eliza, Louis shuns social media

This must be at least partly due to the fact that they enjoyed a privileged but private upbringing in Cape Town, where Earl Spencer and Victoria moved in 1995 to raise their children out of the public eye.

The couple divorced in December 1997, months after Diana’s death, and Charles moved back to the UK shortly afterwards.

Louis attended Diocesan College, where fees cost up to the equivalent of £13,955 a year.

Aside from a handful of photo calls with his father, Louis was kept largely out of the spotlight.

His first high profile appearance was at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding in April 2011, although the then 17-year-old was outshone by his glamorous blonde older sisters.

Four years later Louis made an unlikely cameo in an Instagram snap shared by Nicki Minaj. The dashing aristo posed with his arm around the rapper in a backstage meeting after one of her concerts. Nicki was clearly taken, joking: ‘Check out our wedding photo’.

It was in 2018 that Louis really came to the public’s attention when he accompanied his mother and sisters to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Dapper in a morning suit, Louis became one of the unlikely stars of the day and received dozens of playful marriage proposals from besotted social media users.

His appearance and strong family resemblance also earned him the nickname ‘Harry Lite’ and led to Tatler naming him one of the world’s most eligible bachelors.

No doubt his family connections and dashing good looks will come in handy if Louis decides to pursue his dream of becoming an actor, with the viscount having studied at ArtsEd, an independent performing arts school based in Chiswick.

In 2019, Charles revealed: ‘Louis lives in London. He’s an actor at drama school and works incredibly hard and I want him to be able to fulfil his dreams in that direction. It is full on: he’s doing 14-hour days.’

However it remains to be seen how he might juggle a burgeoning career with the sizeable responsibility of managing Althorp, when the day comes.

Viscount Selby 

The 6th Viscount Selby, Christopher Gully, 28, is a former personal trainer, according to the magazine

The 6th Viscount Selby, Christopher Gully, 28, is a former personal trainer, according to the magazine.

He can be found posing topless in his profile photograph on his Instagram account @LordSelby.

He lives in Stockholm, with his girlfriend Amanda, after splitting his time between Sweden, where his parents met, and Ardfern House, the family seat in Argyll and Bute, as a child.

Christopher was only seven when he became one of the youngest viscounts to inherit a title after his father, Edward, sadly died in a car accident in 2001.

Dubbed ‘little viscount’ by his mother, he often holidayed with his grandmother, Mary, Viscountess Selby, and aunt, the Hon Catherine Waldermar Brown, when enjoying time off from his boarding school in Perth. 

At 21 he moved to Fulham, in London, before returning to Sweden 12 months after to begin a relatively ‘normal’ career at Electrolux and then Samsung.

But he told Tatler that he does intend to make a return to the British capital. 

Viscount Erleigh 

Julian Erleigh is a close friends of Prince Harry’s, and helped play cupid to the Duke of Sussex and his ex Chelsy Davy back in 2004

Julian Erleigh is a close friends of Prince Harry’s, and helped play cupid to the Duke of Sussex and his ex Chelsy Davy back in 2004.

He has enjoyed ‘secret trips to Cornwall’ with Prince William and Harry, as well as breaks with Cressida Bonas, Princess Eugenie and Cara Delevingne.

Tater labelled the 35-year-old son of the 4th Marquess of Reading ‘one of the most well-connected viscounts in the land’.

Last year, he upped sticks to New York, where he works as senior vice president of European equity sales for investment bank Jefferies.

Julian is known for putting on nights out at Annabel’s, as well as organising charity expeditions.

Julian is still single, according to the magazine, after splitting from Burberry model and Harley Street nutritionist Sarah Ann Macklin, 30

Julian was introduced to Sarah Ann (pictured together) two years ago by his older sister, the fashion designer and girl-about-town Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs, who also helped play cupid to Prince Harry and Chelsy Davy back in 2004

He is still single, according to the magazine, after splitting from Burberry model and Harley Street nutritionist Sarah Ann Macklin, 30. 

‘It started off really well, but it just didn’t go the distance,’ a pal confirmed to the Daily Mail. ‘There are no hard feelings — it was all very amicable.’

Julian was introduced to Sarah Ann two years ago by his older sister, the fashion designer and girl-about-town Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs, who also helped play cupid to Prince Harry and Chelsy Davy back in 2004.

It was always going to be a challenge, however, for Julian to measure up to Sarah Ann’s ex, M&S advert hunk David Gandy. 

Viscount Woodstock   

William Jack Henry Bentinck, 38, also known as Viscount Woodstock is a London-based social entrepreneur and speaker

William Jack Henry Bentinck, 38, also known as Viscount Woodstock is a London-based social entrepreneur and speaker. 

The Harrow-educated Will is down-to-earth, having previously said he has only been to Buckingham Palace to ‘watch his dad Timothy get his MBE.’

For the past 40 years, Timothy has been the voice of David Archer, son of the eponymous household in the world’s longest-running radio series, ‘The Archers’. 

The University of London graduate, who has a first class degree in philosophy, is also co-founder of several businesses.

After leaving uni in 2010, he co-founded The Ragged University, a free service offering peer-to-peer educational events inspired by the 19th century English ragged schools.

 In December of the same year, Bentinck co-founded Levantine Links, a nonprofit organisation recruiting high-calibre UK graduates to provide English language programmes serving children and adults in Al-Hasakah, Syria, in collaboration with the Syriac Orthodox Church.

He recently married girlfriend Rebecca, having eloped to a deserted beach in Argyll and Bute.

He also hikes for charity, goes to poetry recitals and is a fan of Downton Abbey. 

Viscount Bury 

Viscount Bury, Augustus Keppel, 19, is a distant relative of the Duchess of Cornwall, through William Keppel, the 7th Earl.

The April issue of Tatler is available on newsstands and via digital download on Thursday 3rd March

When aged 16, and still a student at Stowe, he competed in a school enterprise competition with his drinks firm, The Bubble Company.

He appears to have received his entrepreneurial skills from his father, Rufus, the 10th Earl of Albemarle, who reportedly invested in a company selling £300 for sex toys plated in 24-carat gold. 

Currently, the father and son duo stay at Hurst Barn Farm in East Chiltington, East Sussex, together, where Augustus grew up with his sculptor mother, Sally Albemarle.

Meanwhile, the Earl of Albemarle grew up in Italy and England, studying at Chelsea School of Art and Central St Martins School of Art & Design.

He then found work in Milan and New York as an industrial and branding designer. He later founded a men’s shirt company, Albemarle of London.

He is divorced from his first wife Sally, a sculptor whom he married in Cuba where Fidel Castro reportedly allowed them to have a glitzy society wedding thanks to Rufus’s ancestor, the 3rd Earl, who had captured Havana from the Spanish in 1762.

The Earl of Albemarle is a title that has been created four times, the last of which was in 1697 when Rufus’s Dutch ancestor Arnold Joost van Keppel received it after helping to put Prince William of Orange on the English throne.

The April issue of Tatler is available on newsstands and via digital download on Thursday 3rd March

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