Our Yorkshire Farm's Ravenseat estate has connections to royalty

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Our Yorkshire Farm has made stars of the Owen family, and put their glorious home at Ravenseat Farm at the centre of attention.

It’s been reported that the vast estate is owned by billionaire Robert Miller, 87 – the 68th wealthiest person in the UK.

The upper Swaledale farm has a flock of over 1,000 sheep and numerous other animals, as well as Amanda Owen, husband Clive and their nine children.

But the estate also links to several other well-known families. According to the Express, the farm’s billionaire owner boasts several royal connections after his daughters married princes in the 1990s

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Robert Miller and daughter Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece
Robert Miller and daughter Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece

Robert, who is the co-founder of DFS (Duty Free Shops), is a father of three. His daughters are Princess Alexandra von Furstenberg, 48, Pia Getty, 55, and the Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, 52, who are known as The Miller sisters.

They were the ‘It Girls’ of the 1990s and appeared on the pages of glossy magazines and tabloids before becoming princesses.

Marie-Chantal married Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece, at age 27 after he proposed to her during a skiing holiday in Gstaad, Switzerland.

He is the heir to the now-defunct throne of Greece, where the monarchy was abolished in 1973.

The billionaire’s second daughter Alexandra followed in her sister’s footsteps, marrying into royalty.

In 1995 she wed Prince Alexander von Furstenberg, son of celebrated fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg.

Our Yorkshire Farm focuses on the life of Amanda Owen, husband Clive and their nine children
Our Yorkshire Farm focuses on the life of Amanda Owen, husband Clive and their nine children

However the marriage wasn’t to be, as the couple split seven years later, after having two children.

Yet Pia was hardly outdone by her sisters, marrying the grandson of American oil magnate Jean Paul Getty, Christopher Getty.

Miller co-founded the Hong Kong based Duty Free Shoppers chain in 1960 and luxury goods group LVMH took a stake in the business in 1998.

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In 2018 The Sunday Times Rich List claimed that the billionaire is the richest person in Yorkshire.

At the time, he had a fortune valued at £2 billion, which had risen by £420 million in the past year, including his 36,000 acre Gunnerside shooting estate in Swaledale, North Yorkshire.

That estate is just 10 miles from the Owens’ Ravenseat Farm.

However, the Owen family are investing in their own property, having just bought their own farmhouse.

Huddersfield-born Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen is famous nationwide
Huddersfield-born Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen is famous nationwide

Yet it is a giant project, with the new farmhouse and land having been derelict for years.

The Yorkshire Shepherdess admitted it wasn’t a project for the fainthearted.

On the show’s last episode (May 11) Amanda said: “Steven is the first step but it’s a project not for the fainthearted.

“It’s the biggest project we could ever imagine but we won’t be defeated, we’ll do it somehow”.

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Clive added: “It’s in a sad state, it’s hard to imagine that in the not too distant future we’ll be lighting a fire. But Rome wasn’t built in a day”.

The historic farm buildings in the Yorkshire Dales are part of a conservation and any work has to gain approval and can take a long time to fully restore.

With so few people able to help, it could be a long time before the Owen family can fully settle in to their new home.

Author: [email protected] (Jess Grieveson-Smith, Lucy Marshall)
This post originally appeared on Hull Live – Celebs & TV


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