David Linley

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Person.png David Linley  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Viscount Linley.jpg
Linley in 2007 (second from right)
BornClarence House, London, England
Alma materCollingham College, Ashdown House School, Millbrook House School, Bedales School
Parents • Antony Armstrong-Jones
• Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom
Siblings • Sarah Chatto
• Frances von Hofmannsthal
• Polly Fry
• Jasper Cable-Alexander
SpouseSerena Stanhope
Member ofJeffrey Epstein/Black book
Victim ofsexual blackmail
Viscount Linley was listed in sexual blackmailer Jeffrey Epstein's Little Black Book, an interesting fact, considering he was attempted blackmailed in 2007.

David Albert Charles Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon, styled as Viscount Linley until 2017 and known professionally as David Linley, is an English furniture maker, a former chairman of the auction house Christie's UK,[1] and nephew of Queen Elizabeth II. He is son of Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon. He was a victim of attempted blackmail in 2007.

Sexual Blackmail

Linley, who was listed in Jeffrey Epstein's Little Black Book, was a victim of sexual blackmail in 2007. Two men were charged with blackmail after allegedly demanding £50,000 ($A112,000) for not releasing an incriminating video. The bail hearing for one of his accused blackmailers was held privately in an attempt to prevent more details from leaking out.

Ian Strachan, 30, and Sean McGuigan, 40, were arrested during a meeting in September 2007 with an undercover detective at the Hilton Hotel in Mayfair. The men reportedly showed the officer mobile phone video footage of a royal aide who claimed to have engaged in a sex act with the viscount and said that the royal had supplied him with cocaine, which the aide snorted on camera.[2]


David Albert Charles Armstrong-Jones was born on 3 November 1961, in Clarence House, London, the son of Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon. He was baptised on 19 December 1961 in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace.[3][4][5]

At the age of five, Snowdon began lessons in the Buckingham Palace schoolroom with his cousin Prince Andrew.[6] He went to several independent schools: first, to Gibbs Pre-Preparatory School in Kensington in London, now known as Collingham College.[7] Followed by the pre-preparatory section of Ashdown House School, East Sussex, then on to Millbrook House School, near Abingdon, in Oxfordshire,[8] and finally to Bedales School, where he developed a passion for arts and crafts. From 1980 to 1982 he studied at Parnham House in the small town of Beaminster in Dorset, for craftsmen in wood.[9]

Snowdon has one full sister, Lady Sarah Chatto (née Armstrong-Jones), and two paternal half-sisters, Lady Frances von Hofmannsthal (née Armstrong-Jones) and Polly Fry.[10] Snowdon also has a half-brother, Jasper Cable-Alexander, son of his father and Melanie Cable-Alexander, an editor at Country Life magazine.

Personal life and family

Pictured with his daughter in 2017

On 8 October 1993, Snowdon married the Hon. Serena Alleyne Stanhope (born 1 March 1970, Limerick, Ireland), daughter of Viscount Petersham (later the 12th Earl of Harrington) at St. Margaret's Church, Westminster. There were 650 guests in attendance.[11] Through her father, Stanhope descends from Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Grafton, one of the illegitimate children of Charles II of England.[12]

Snowdon and his wife have two children:

From 2000 until 2002, Snowdon, his wife and son lived at Kensington Palace with his mother, Princess Margaret, in her declining years.[13]

In 2011, Snowdon's daughter, Margarita Armstrong-Jones, was a bridesmaid at the wedding of William Windsor and Catherine Middleton. In 2012, Snowdon's son, styled by courtesy as Viscount Linley since January 2017, was appointed by the Queen as a page of honour.[14]

The Snowdons have three homes: a flat in Chelsea, London; a cottage on the Daylesford estate in Gloucestershire;[15] and the Chateau d'Autet[16] in the Luberon, Provence.

The Earl and his wife separated in February 2020, and a spokesperson confirmed they are to obtain a divorce.[17]


  1. http://www.christies.com/about-us/press-archive/details?PressReleaseID=8093&lid=1
  2. https://web.archive.org/web/20071101124422/http://www.theage.com.au/news/world/queens-nephew-victim-of-blackmail/2007/10/31/1193618970645.html
  3. Aronson, Theo (2013). Princess Margaret: A Biography. Thistle Publishing.
  4. http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/license/646272428
  5. https://web.archive.org/web/20150319232712/https://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2009/02/snowdon-excerpt200902
  6. Viscount Linley Publisher: Mandy's Royalty. Org. retrieved 22 May 2013.
  7. Viscount Linley in school uniform, Gibbs School, Kensington, London, 4 October 1968. Publisher: Heritage Images. Com. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  8. Archive - Tuesday, 6 May 2003 - Prep school set to close Publisher:The Oxford Mail. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  9. https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/news/architecture-the-school-that-got-lost-in-the-woods-peter-dunn-on-the-collapse-of-a-dream-of-hand-1399588.html
  10. https://ghostarchive.org/archive/20220112/https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/theroyalfamily/2059552/Lord-Snowdon-his-women-and-his-love-child.html
  11. http://people.com/archive/windsor-knot-vol-40-no-17/
  12. Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. p. 1796.
  13. https://ghostarchive.org/archive/20220112/https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1384370/Children-spent-much-of-last-years-with-mother.html
  14. https://ghostarchive.org/archive/20220112/https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/theroyalfamily/9114281/The-Queen-turns-a-page-for-Viscount-Linleys-son.html
  15. https://ghostarchive.org/archive/20220112/https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/my-perfect-weekend/8913057/My-perfect-weekend-David-Linley.html
  16. https://web.archive.org/web/20110214171103/http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/4815256/My-passion-for-Provence.html
  17. https://www.harpersbazaar.com/celebrity/latest/a30969269/the-earl-of-snowdon-viscount-linley-divorce/

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