David Lascelles, 8th Earl of Harewood

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The Right Honourable
The Earl of Harewood
Earl of Harewood
Assumed office
11 July 2011
Preceded by George Lascelles
Personal details
Born (1950-10-21) 21 October 1950 (age 64)
Paddington, London, England, United Kingdom
Spouse(s) Margaret Rosalind Messenger (m. 1979–1989)
Diane Jane Howse (m. 1990–present)
Children Lady Emily Shard
Benjamin Lascelles
Alexander Lascelles, Viscount Lascelles
Edward Lascelles
Parents George Lascelles, 7th Earl of Harewood
Marion Stein

David Henry George Lascelles, 8th Earl of Harewood (born 21 October 1950), is a British hereditary peer and film and television producer. He is in line to the British throne. From his birth in 1950 until he succeeded his father in July 2011, he was known by the courtesy title Viscount Lascelles. He is the first cousin, once removed of Queen Elizabeth II, and the great-grandson of King George V.


Lord Harewood was born at his parents' London house, 2 Orme Square, Bayswater, London, the eldest son of the 7th Earl of Harewood and his first wife, Marion Stein. He was baptised at All Saints' Church, Harewood. His father was first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. His godparents were Elizabeth II (then HRH The Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh), his great-grandmother Queen Mary, The Viscountess Boyne, Benjamin Britten and his uncle The Hon. Gerald Lascelles.

On 12 February 1979 at St. Mary's Church, Paddington, London, he married Margaret Rosalind Messenger (born 15 April 1948 in Cheltenham), daughter of Edgar Frank Messenger and Margaret Alice Black: they were divorced in 1989. At one time, she was employed as a laboratory assistant at the University of Bristol. On 11 March 1990, he married Diane Jane Howse (born 9 November 1956 in Leafield). His children are:

  • The Lady Emily Tsering Shard (born 23 November 1975 in Bath), obtained Royal Consent to marry from the Privy Council on 12 February 2008. She married Matthew Shard. Lady Emily and her husband are the parents of twins, Isaac and Ida (born 2009), and Otis (born 2011).[1]
  • The Hon. Benjamin George Lascelles (born 19 September 1978 in Bath), a conservationist. Although he was Lord Harewood's first-born son, he is unable to inherit his father's titles as his parents were not married at the time of his birth. He obtained Royal Consent from the Privy Council[2] to marry Colombian Carolina Vélez Robledo on 18 April 2009 at Harewood House.[3] The couple have a son, Mateo, born in January 2013.
  • Alexander Edgar Lascelles, Viscount Lascelles (born 13 May 1980 in Bath). He is heir-apparent to the earldom and he has a son, Leo Cyrus Anthony Lascelles, by his girlfriend Laleh Yeganegy (born 1980).
  • The Hon. Edward David Lascelles (born 19 November 1982 in Bath). Edward Lascelles, obtained royal consent to marry his long-term girlfriend, Sophie Cartlidge, on 2 August 2014.

Lascelles succeeded to the Earldom of Harewood on the death of his father in 2011.[4]


  • Viscount Lascelles (21 October 1950 – 11 July 2011)
  • The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Harewood (11 July 2011 – )



  1. ^ Descendants of King Christian IX of Denmark
  2. ^ Privy Council 11 February 2009
  3. ^ "Royal Wedding Staged at Harewood House". Yorkshire Evening Post. 21 April 2009. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "The Earl of Harewood". The Daily Telegraph. 11 July 2011. 

External links[edit]

David Lascelles, 8th Earl of Harewood at the Internet Movie Database

British royalty
Preceded by
Zenouska Mowatt
Line of succession to the British throne
grandson Mary, daughter of George V
Succeeded by
Viscount Lascelles
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Lascelles
Earl of Harewood
11 July 2011 – present
Heir apparent:
Viscount Lascelles