Well we always knew we were rather grand here in Sussex, but now we must add royalty to our county’s toff list.
Princess Ayşe Osmanoğlu Sutton, descendent of the last Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, can be found living part of the year in Sussex, we hear.
In 2003 she bought Lock House, a mansion more recently rented by Adele. She is married to Nicholas Sutton – who could, if he chose, be styled “His Royal Highness”, while the couple’s squad of children are princes. They met at Exeter University where she was described as “a member of the jet set Sloane Ranger clique” whose looks and pedigree won admirers.
He pulled off several big property deals, including buying the Harrods Depository, opposite the vulgar department store, from
Mohamed Al-Fayed. But after that £140m redevelopment things have been choppier. An attempt to redevelop Craven Cottage, home of those perennial footballing strugglers Fulham, ended in an acrimonious court case. In July 2012, The Royal York Hotel went into administration, followed by Brighton’s The Lansdowne Place Hotel.
Still, from the Princess’s Facebook page she looks a jolly enough stick – and well done her for defying the diktats of her Sultan ancestors who demanded all women in their harem hide away and cover their faces.