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Prince Harry, the duke, the SA mining magnate’s daughter, and the Scottish castle

Charlie Roxburghe, one of Britain’s most eligible bachelors – who inherited his father’s title along with a £100m estate – is set to tie the knot with the daughter of a South African mining magnate

Duke Roxburghe, 39, a close friend of the Duke of Sussex Prince Harry, seemingly has it all… Apart from a Duchess that is. 

Well… that box has now been ticked.

“How could I say no?” Annabel Green told friends.

CHATELAINE ANNABEL

Annabel Green will become chatelaine of the magnificent 300-year-old, Floors Castle, the largest inhabited castle in Scotland and family home of the Dukes of Roxburghe built for the 1st Duke of Roxburghe in 1721.

Eton-educated Charlie and his Duchess will move into Floors (pronounced Fleurs), while his stepmother, Virginia, will live elsewhere on the 52,000-acre, 200-room estate in Roxburghshire.

Green is an Edinburgh University graduate who’s training as an occupational therapist. 

She grew up in South Africa, and her stepfather, Patrick Quirk, has been described as one of Africa’s biggest tycoons.

STORMY FLOORS CASTLE

Floors Castle has a history of tempestuous break-ups, with Charlie’s grandfather, the 9th Duke, famously trying to evict his wife in 1953 after he had an affair.

She refused leave, locking herself in a suite at the castle for six weeks.

In response the Duke turned off the electricity and gas and even attempted to cut off her water supply to get her out.

The dispute was settled out of court eventually.

This year marks the 300th-anniversary of Floors Castle, with the team maintaining the estate planning a series of events to celebrate the landmark. 

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