The Duke of Rutland’s socialite daughter has been fined £50 for speeding in her Audi after pleading ‘financial hardship’ with the court and admitting it would cause ‘cash flow issues’.
Lady Eliza Manners, 24, whose family seat is The Crown’s Belvoir Castle, was driving at 47mph in a 40mph zone near the Grand Union Canal, Brentford on the M4 back in March. She was caught by a speed camera and sent a fine for £100.
The socialite, who is the youngest daughter of David Manners, the 11th Duke of Rutland, lives in a £700,000 Notting Hill apartment and owns her own interior design company, Eliza Manners London.
She allegedly wrote to Lavender Hill magistrates in London asking for a lower penalty because the full amount would lead to financial difficulties.
Lady Eliza Manners, 24, (Pictured) whose family seat is The Crown’s Belvoir Castle, was travelling on the M4 in Brentford back in March when she was caught by a speed camera and sent a fine for £100
She allegedly wrote to Lavender Hill magistrates in London asking for a lower penalty because the full amount could call her financial difficulties
The socialite (Pictured), who is the youngest daughter of David Manners, the 11th Duke of Rutland, lives in a £700,000 Notting Hill apartment and owns her own interior design company, Eliza Manners London
According to the Evening Standard, Lady Eliza replied ‘yes’ to the financial hardship question, and added it would cause her ‘cash flow issues’ if she paid the fine in full.
The socialite, who entered her guilty plea online in April, did not declare any living expenses to the court, and was fined less than half of her stated weekly income.
Lady Eliza, who described as ‘the wild one’ of the family, has been seen on her Instagram travelling to Milan donning Yves Saint Laurent designer blazers and Celine handbags, and also spending time in the sun on a boat in Greece.
Lady Eliza and her sisters, Lady Violet, 28, Lady Alice, 26, are often pictured in Tatler and Vanity Fair.
The sisters, who each attended the £29,000-a-year Queen Margaret’s school in York, have attracted negative headlines in the past, and have been dubbed the ‘bad Manners sisters’ after neighbours in Fulham, West London, complained of loud, all-night parties.
They spent lockdown at Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire, which has been used for filming the hit Netflix series, The Crown.
They have previously been approached about a programme documenting their life at the castle.
Eliza Manners, Alice Manners, and Violet Manners attend a private dinner hosted by Delvaux and British Vogue at Mark’s Club on July 10, 2018
Castle Belvoir (pictured), is an 11th century castle that has since been featured in Netflix’s hit series, The Crown
Lady Eliza previously said: ‘We’ve had a lot of offers but it’s just never been right for us.’
‘The one similarity is that we’re a big family and have a very powerful, strong, amazing mum.’
Besides gracing the pages of Tatler and Vogue the sisters have equally glamorous Instagram feeds full of exotic locations and fabulous outfits. Vanity Fair described them as the ‘real-life Crawley sisters’ after the aristocratic trio in Downton Abbey.
Violet has set up her own marketing company – Akana Collective – during lockdown, Alice is a fashion stylist and Eliza styles interiors.
This news comes as Lady Eliza, shared a touching tribute to her late horse, Duke, on social media earlier this week.
She said: ‘My darling horse, Duke, has slipped away into horsey heaven. The relationship you have with your horse is indescribable.
‘You wholeheartedly trust them. Duke was only four but had the wisdom of an old man.
‘He passed away on the Welsh hills where my mum grew up riding. There is something beautiful and poetic about that.’