He passed away at the age of 85 without a son to inherit his magnificent family seat, Chilham Castle.
So, so as not to have to choose between his three beloved daughters, the late game mogul Stuart Wheeler leaves it to charity.
I can reveal that the executors marketed the 17th century Kent mansion for £ 15million with the proceeds going to good causes.
It’s an amazing decision that left Wheeler’s daughters – model Jacquetta, plus Sarah and Charlotte – somewhat “ stressed out ” according to my source.
Gaming mogul Stuart Wheeler has passed away at the age of 85 without a son to inherit his magnificent family seat, Chilham Castle. Pictured: Wheeler with daughters Jacquetta, Sarah and Charlotte
The sisters live there for the most part, making the most of this year since their father’s death.
Knight Frank real estate agent Will Matthews tells me, ‘The three girls use it all the time, they were there together this week.
“ It really is a truly usable residential home … and an absolutely amazing party spot. I have rarely heard of a sale like this where the proceeds from the sale of a private home go to charity.
“We got a lot of interest from interesting people.
I’m sure the sisters will be sorry to hand it over. I hear whispers that they’re frustrated, but if their dad had an idea, they would make the bold choice.
A family friend adds: ‘Jacquetta is stressed out right now – I think it’s a tense time for all the girls. ”
I can reveal that the executors put the 17th-century Kent mansion (above) on the market for £ 15million, with the proceeds going to good causes, writes Charlotte Griffiths.
Jacquetta has documented her love for her family home on Instagram since moving there for a while last winter, after breaking up with her husband Jamie.
They were married in 2012 in Chilham and the marriage was featured in Vogue.
She described the property on social media as “misty and beautiful”, “crazy about beauty”, “like Narnia” and “magical”.
His father, who had previously said he wanted to leave money for anti-torture charities, once thought he couldn’t leave anything for his daughters but said before his death: ‘I told them given and I will rather leave them a lot. ”
The Jacobean stack built in 1616 sits on 300 acres of land near Canterbury and features an indoor swimming pool, tennis courts, card room, library, vineyard and 14 bedrooms.
Quiet life scares Idris
He spent years being seen as the next Bond and walking around town as a bachelor.
Now Idris Elba has finally settled in, but is married life all he hoped it would be?
I only ask because he admitted that his wife, Beauty Queen Sabrina, 31, sometimes gives him coldness.
“I found out that Sabrina likes the silent treatment, a three or four day silent treatment,” Idris, 48, said last week.
Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre attend the 64th Evening Standard Theater Awards at the Theater Royal, Drury Lane in November 2018
‘She will go on and I didn’t know it before [we married], I never really noticed. I’m like, ‘Are we just going to cross paths and not talk all day? ”
Mother-of-one Sabrina, whom she married in 2019, confirmed: ‘If I rub the wrong way. I need a minute … and that minute could turn into an hour.
So when the directors want someone really good to be a strong, silent hero, maybe they should forget about Idris and choose Sabrina instead …