Downton”s greatest secret: A lonely countess, an illicit love affair with an Egyptian prince… and an Earl who has no right to his title. The extraordinary claims about real life Lord
1:54 PM on 21st October 2011
High society friends: Prince Victor Duleep Singh, left, and Almina, 5th Countess of Carnarvon, right. Evidence unearthed by a historian suggests their friendship may not have been platonic
Legitimate heir Lord Carnarvon, pictured at his Hampshire home of Highclere Castle, is the great-grandson of British Egyptology patron George Herbert, Fifth Earl of Carnarvon
Skeletons: Lord Carnarvon poses at his home Highclere Castle, Hampshire, beside a portrait of his great grandfather, British Egyptologist George Herbert, Fifth Earl of Carnarvon
History uncovered: A portrait of the supposedly under-sexed 5th Earl of Carnarvon, and right, a portrait of Lady Almina, taken ahead of her marriage to the Earl
Birthright riddle: Almina stands at the crib of her son, Henry George, who would go on to become the 6th Earl of Carnarvon. But was the baby the son of an Indian prince, or her husband, the 5th Earl of Carnarvon
Wedding Day: The 1922 wedding photo of the 6th Earl of Carnarvon, the son of the 5th Earl of Carnarvon and Almina. He married Anne Catherine Tredick Wendell,daughter of Jacob Wendell. They divorced in 1936.