Debra Burton

Diana’s brother to leave estate to son - does eldest daughter have a claim?

Earl Spencer, the brother of the late Princess Diana, recently hit the headlines when he indicated that he would be following the practice of male primogeniture, in which titles, as well as stately homes, are inherited by the eldest son rather than the eldest child. In Earl Spencer’s case, this means that his son, Louis, will inherit the ancestral home at Althorp, rather than his eldest daughter, Kitty.