Dan was equally thrilled when I told him I didn’t want a rock for an engagement ring. But at Mostyn we got so much more than just an academic experience – we had good mates, we were given shit and we gave shit back." Home/ Lady Edwina Grosvenor Lady Edwina Grosvenor. There aren't very many mother and baby units. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. “My sister Tamara’s wedding to Edward van Cutsem in 2004 was enormous, but I wanted something very quiet, which my parents were thrilled about. “I see a lot of common ground between the public’s misconceptions of criminals and of the aristocracy,” she explains, clasping hands that have a different-coloured nail polish on each finger. They just hide it better or have efficient PR machines.”. Has Grosvenor ever felt in any danger in a prison? "Yeah," she says. “The general public put labels on us both and make sweeping generalisations that are quite wrong. Later she worked in Garth category B adult male prison, helping with the Restorative Justice programme. “But we are doing good now.” She crosses her fingers on both hands. She laughs again. B orn into almost unimaginable wealth and privilege, Lady Edwina Grosvenor is not someone you might expect to bump into on a prison landing. What I did learn was that academics like to put things into boxes." Her dissertation was on children reared in prison. “When anyone I met tried to glamorise drugs, I kept well away from them. "That depends on people's views, really. Employers nowadays can’t reject applicants merely because they are gay or disabled, and I believe the same criteria should apply for ex-offenders. Anyone who helps an offender is doing it because they want to reduce the number of future victims. Her parents sent her and her three siblings to a private co-ed day school on the Wirral (now closed), rather than the single-sex boarding school that might be expected – a decision for which she is grateful. And Edwina is a criminal justice advocate who advises the government.’ Dan with his sister-in-law, Lady Viola Grosvenor at the British Academy Television Awards in 2014 She is the second daughter of the 6th Duke of Westminster, who, with an estimated worth of £7.35 billion, is the country’s richest landowner. “It was a real wobble. [5] Grosvenor's godmother was Diana, Princess of Wales. A job should go to the best person available.”. He texted back and the rest is history. "I think a lot of people are unaware that we do have babies in our prison system. Why persevere with the thanklessness that abounds in prison reform work? ", She says she didn't really know the answer until she had a child of her own. A trustee of The Clink Charity, she is the driving force behind a chain of quality restaurants in prisons – called The Clink – that give inmates a chance to learn how to cook, serve and perform front-of-house duties. [21], In July 2018 Grosvenor was awarded an honorary fellowship of Liverpool John Moores University for her contribution to public life. ", Available for everyone, funded by readers. It made me unlike nearly everyone else in the country and was quite isolating. I use WIKI 2 every day and almost forgot how the original Wikipedia looks like. Another followed in Cardiff Prison and a third opening, at HMP Brixton next February, has just been announced. If all goes to plan, the concept will be rolled out in up to a dozen prisons across the country. But over the past 12 years, the second daughter of Britain's richest landowner (the Duke of Westminster, 7th on Britain's Rich List with a fortune of around £7.3bn) has been quietly establishing a role for herself as a discreet but potent champion of prison reform. “I gradually developed a fantastic life with my prison work,” she smiles. Since then she has sat in on prisoner adjudications, been involved in restorative justice sessions and spent a year as a support worker in the notorious Styal women's prison in Cheshire. ", She recounts her father taking her in her early teens to a drug rehabilitation centre in Liverpool where she met recovering addicts. “Something to do with a prison is always in my head, even when I am in the bath. Lady Edwina Grosvenor’s zeal for the rehabilitation of prisoners led her to become the driving force behind The Clink, a chain of restaurants where offenders train and work. "Having a title there was definitely a novelty but the grief we got from other kids was nothing compared to what we got from some of the teachers. I remember one saying to me: 'Edwina, if I kidnapped you, how much ransom would your father pay?' Ambassadors for the project include chefs Giorgio Locatelli, Jamie Oliver and Antonio Carluccio. In 20 or 30 years' time I want to be able to look back and say I did something worthwhile – I made a difference. She and her three siblings all went to Mostyn House because her father didn't want them to suffer at boarding school as he had. After working in the prison in Nepal I knew I had found what I wanted to do. She is the sister of Hugh Grosvenor, 7th Duke of Westminster; the Duke and his family are estimated to be worth £10.1 billion (US$13 billion), according to the Sunday Times Rich List in May 2019. To install click the Add extension button. [15] The Clink restaurant, a fine-dining training restaurant, opened in HM Prison High Down in 2009. At the end of the day I think people should be judged on what they do and how they do it. “I had such a happy home life and childhood. "I remember feeling quite outraged that nobody at school had taught me anything about this other way of life. The plan is to create a variety of sustainable businesses run by ex-offenders, including an 80-cover bistro and restaurant that will run along the same lines as the Clink. [22] Grosvenor hosts the podcast Justice, where she discusses the environment of UK prisons. [1], Lady Edwina Louise Grosvenor was born at Eaton Hall, Cheshire on 4 November 1981. [4] Through her mother, she is descended from the Romanov imperial family of Russia and the Russian writer Alexander Pushkin, as well as from the latter's great-grandfather - African tribal chief turned Russian nobleman Abram Petrovich Hannibal. “It was awful, really horrible,” she says. "If a family member of mine was attacked, if something awful happened to them, I'd want that offender to go inside, but I'd want him or her to come out less likely to hurt anyone else. Read More » Popular Celebrity Net Worth. It was terrifying when my mother was ill, and it was unlikely she would pull through. "When I learned about the destructive dangers of drugs, I remember thinking, 'how come that person has taken drugs and I haven't?' When he still hadn’t called two months later, I told myself to hold out and not chase him. I don’t need a ring to show my commitment to my husband.”, Edwina refers only briefly to her miscarriage, two years after Zia was born, her face suddenly shrouded in sadness. 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