In Tatler’s list of the 100 most invited dinner party guests, the top ten is dominated by Royals and aristocrats, including Prince Harry, with plenty more further down the list.
The society magazine asked people who they would most like to invite to their homes, and it was the Manners sisters – the three daughters of The Duke of Rutland – who came out on top. Lady Violet (Vi), 22, Lady Alice, 20 and Lady Eliza, 18, were said to ‘always liven up a party’, and are always photographed at society events, fashionable restaurants and clubs.
The Marchioness & Marquess of Douro find themselves in second place; Arthur and Jemma Wellesley are a power couple as a partner at leading equity firm, Charterhouse, and Jemma has recently collaborate with boot brand Hunter. The Marchioness is even in the lower rankings in line to the throne, as Arthur’s mother is Princess Antonia of Prussia (he is, therefore, a descendent of Queen Victoria’s), and his father The Duke of Wellington.
Coming in fifth place is Prince Harry, ever popular with the people. Tatler notes his fondness for the Chelsea club-scene, but doesn’t divulge why people want to host him.
A surprise on the list was Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece. The exiled Greek Royals have been living in London for many years now, and are also something of a power couple, even without their Roya status. Pavlos trained as a marine and has set up a number of businesses, while Marie-Chantal founded her eponymous company, an international childrenswear brand.
The couple still have a close friendship with The Queen and Royal Family – Prince Philip is distantly related to the Crown Prince, and his mother is a sister of Queen Margrethe of Denmark.
A name you may not have heard of, but a regular on the scene, is Sheikh Hamad Bin Abdullah Al Thani. The 33-year-old Sheikh from Qatar has a passion horses and Indian jewellery, and his family is apparently renowned for their regular lavish white-tie parties at their home in Park Lane.
Surprisingly to us at TCC, The Queen did not make the list, which we are assuming is down to age and the regularity of visiting bars, parties and society events. Dame Joan Collins is the oldest on the list!
Diana, Princess of Wales’ niece, Lady Kitty Spencer, makes an appearance in 16th place, while The Viscount and Viscountess Rothermere (The Daily Mail’s owner), managers of the Goodwood estate, pipped The Earl and Countess of March and Kinrara (future Duke and Duchess of Richmond) at 18th and 21st.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge ranked surprisingly low at 30th, and are described as ‘surprisingly normal’ and ‘great dancers’.
Socialite Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie also didn’t make the list, but friend to the sisters, and Prince Harry’s former flame, Cressida Bonas, did.
Prince William’s friend, Guy Pelly, and his wife, American heiress Lizzy, beat them, sitting at 29th, while other pals Rose & Hugh Van Cutsem were voted 36th in the top 100. Catherine’s sister, Pippa meanwhile, makes it to 71st place.
Some surprises on the list were brothers Romeo and Brooklyn Beckham, who were put at number 4, beating their parents, David and Victoria (100th place for them!), and George Osborne and his wife Frances came in at number 11. Jeremy Corby sits at 41, ahead of David and Samantha Cameron at 84th, while mayor Boris Johnson comes in at 94.
The top 10 is as follows:
1. The Manners sisters
2. Amal and George Clooney
3. Marchioness and Marquess of Douro
4. Romeo and Brooklyn Beckham
5. Prince Harry
6. Suki Waterhouse
7. Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece
8. Dasha Zhukova
9. Sheikh Hamad Bin Abdullah Al Thani
10. Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall
You can read the entire list here.