‘People say, ‘you have a silver spoon in your mouth’, and yeah, I’ve got a whole set’

Linda J. Dodson

Harry Legge-Bourke grew up at Glanusk Park, a Welsh estate. Here, he enjoyed an “idyllic” childhood being taught to “ride, shoot, fish, gut a fish, pluck a pheasant”.

His children, Lachlan, 17, and ­Serena, 12, have learnt the same skills: “Serena can back up the tractor as well as I can,” he says proudly. “Living here makes you practical.”

Now 48, the son of cavalry officer Capt William Legge-Bourke and Dame Shân Bailey, he grew up on the estate near Crickhowell, 25 miles from Newport, with his two sisters, Tiggy (later nanny to Princes William and Harry), and Zara. “People say, ‘you have a silver spoon in your mouth’, and yeah, I’ve got a whole set,” he says.

After school he joined the Army – not the Royal Horse Guards like his father, nor the Grenadier Guards like his grandfather, but the Welsh Guards. “My father was disappointed that I didn’t join the Blues,” he says.

He loved the Army, serving as aide-de-camp to Field Marshal the Lord Guthrie, and supposes that he must somehow be one of few members of the Guards to have never worked on Trooping the Colour. The prospect of running Glanusk was ever-present, and he left the Army in 2001. When his ­father died eight years later, he found himself in charge of its 16,000 acres.

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