Ben Goldsmith’s teenage daughter dies in quad bike accident on family farm – The Telegraph
Ben Goldsmith’s 15-year-old daughter has been killed in a quad bike accident at the family’s farm in Somerset.
Ambulance crews were called to the home in the village of North Brewham after the millionaire financier’s eldest daughter Iris Annabel was involved in a crash.
The teenager was the heiress two of Britain’s most powerful dynasties – the Goldsmith and Rothschild families. She was the first child of Mr Goldsmith and his ex-wife Kate Emma Rothschild, who are believed to have a joint fortune of more than £300million.
On Tuesday night a family friend told the Daily Mail: “This is the most awful accident. Iris was a complete firecracker – an absolute delight. Everyone in the family loved her to bits. She was beautiful, charming, intelligent, wonderful company and absolutely the loveliest person you could meet.
“Ben and Kate are completely devastated. They are numbed to their core and united in their grief. Iris captured the charm of Ben and the sense of Bohemian charisma of Kate. All the family are rallying round Ben and Kate.”
Emergency services confirmed they had attended the scene. A spokesman for South Western Ambulance Service said: “We were called on Monday at 3.15pm to attend an incident involving a vehicle at an address in North Brewham, Somerset.
“We sent the following resources to attend the incident: an air ambulance crew, a critical care team, a land ambulance crew, and two other paramedics.”
Iris was the niece of Zac Goldsmith, the Conservative MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston. Mr Goldsmith and Ms Rothschild have two sons; Frank, 13 and 11-year-old Isaac. They separated in 2012 when Ms Rothschild began a relationship with US rapper Jay Electronica.
Mr Goldsmith married catering company boss Jemima Jones two years later with whom he has two young children, Eliza and Arlo. He is the youngest child of the late billionaire tycoon and politician Sir James Goldsmith and Lady Annabel Vane-Tempest.
Iris is believed to have been studying for her GCSEs at Wycombe Abbey boarding school in Buckinghamshire. On Tuesday headmaster James Hooke of her former school, The Harrodian in Barnes, south-west London, said: “The school community is united in its grief over the tragic and sad news of the passing of its former pupil Iris Goldsmith.
“Our thoughts, love and sympathies are with her family and friends at this awful time. Iris was the most wonderful, dedicated and talented pupil during her seven years at Harrodian.
“She was a kind, gentle and caring student who adored her school and her friends and was impeccably behaved. It is tragic that such a talented and vivacious child has been taken from us so young.”
Locals were said to be “devastated” by the news, with one saying: “I heard Iris died in a crash involving a quad bike in a field next to the farm. “The whole village has been affected by this, as you can imagine. Our hearts go out to her parents and family. It’s a very sensitive time.”
Last year Ms Rothschild was left devastated after burglars broke into her home in Barnes, south west London, while her children were asleep and stole a large box containing all her valuables including her engagement and wedding rings and various antique pieces bequeathed to her by her family.