In this week's episode, Duchess meets Duchess as Her Grace, The Duchess of Argyll, brings us inside her fabulous home: the historic Inveraray Castle. We learn all about the ghostly history that lives inside the imposing 15th century walls, we hear the story of the iconic 20th century beauty Ethel Margaret Campbell, we learn more about The Duchess Eleanor Campbell herself, and her connection to Britain’s most treasured of chocolatiers, and the Duchesses discuss how such a powerful title can impact their personal identity.
Have you ever watched Bridgerton, The Crown or Downton Abbey and wondered what it's really like to be a Duchess? If so, this is the podcast for you.
“I think being a Duchess has taught me that I have a responsibility to my local community and that I must do it better every day.” - The Duchess of Rutland
“We have a hundred and twenty thousand visitors a year. Without them, these homes have nothing.” - The Duchess of Argyll
“That’s the reality of heritage in the 21st century: To juggle everything to make it work, to keep the roof on.” - The Duchess of Rutland
“As your keeper at Inveraray Castle said to me: There’s no bad weather; there’s just bad dressing.” - The Duchess of Rutland
“You’ve got to move with the times. You have to hand the estate on in a better condition than when you got it.” - The Duchess of Argyll
About the Guest and Stately Home:
The Duchess of Argyll was born Eleanor Cadbury in London, and previously the Duchess worked in PR before meeting her husband Torquill, 13th Duke of Argyll. The couple have three children together, and live on the estate permanently.
Inveraray Castle has stood on the shores of Loch Fyne for 600 years. The striking gothic style structure is the seat of the Campbell Clan who were historically one of the most powerful Scottish families in the Highlands. With its chilling reputation for the paranormal, it’s magnificent treasures, and breathtaking landscapes, Inveraray Castle attracts tens of thousands of tourists annually to its many events, exhibitions, and music festivals.
About the Host:
Emma Rutland, The Duchess of Rutland, did not always stride the halls of stately homes. Born Emma Watkins, the Duchess grew up the daughter of a Quaker farmer, in the Welsh marsh countryside. She trained as an opera singer in the Guildhall School of Music, and worked as a successful interior designer before meeting her future husband David Manners, the 11th Duke of Rutland, at a dinner party. Their marriage in 1992 would transform Emma Watkins into the 11th Duchess of Rutland, thrusting her into the world of aristocracy, and handing her the responsibility of one of the nation's great treasures: Belvoir Castle. While simultaneously running the day to day operations of the castle, and raising five children, The Duchess became fascinated with the history and importance of the other stately homes of the UK. Join The Duchess as she embarks on a wonderful journey through time, to learn more about the incredible homes that have defined Great Britain and, most importantly, meet the other extraordinary women who work tirelessly behind their doors to preserve their history and magic for future generations.