Downton Abbey: Lady Carnarvon, who lives in Highclere Castle, claims Fellowes stole her stories


“I got there first!” Lady Carnarvon, who lives in the stately home where Downton Abbey is filmed, claims Fellowes stole her stories for the series

11:48 AM on 19th September 2011

Inspiration: Some of the stories Lady Carnarvon told Julian Fellowes made their way into the Downton Abbey script

Inspiration: Some of the stories Lady Carnarvon told Julian Fellowes made their way into the Downton Abbey script

Grand setting: Lady Carnarvon lives in Highclere castle where much of Downton Abbey is filmed

Grand setting: Lady Carnarvon lives in Highclere castle where much of Downton Abbey is filmed

Film set: Despite the inconvenience of living with the Downton Abbey crew, the experience has been well worth it. Visits to the stately home have increased by 30 to 40 per cent

Film set: Despite the inconvenience of living with the Downton Abbey crew, the experience has been well worth it. Visits to the stately home have increased by 30 to 40 per cent