It was a rift that tore a family apart, but Simon Howard remains on speaking terms with his brother Nicholas, who orchestrated his eviction from Castle Howard, one of England’s greatest stately homes.
Shortly before Christmas in 2014, Simon Howard, who had run the 10,000-acre estate for 30 years and was suffering from throat cancer, received an eviction order from the legal team acting for his older brother Nicholas.
The eviction notice led to him moving out of the historic building with his wife and two daughters in June 2016.
Simon Howard’s wife says despite being forced to move out of the iconic building, which was made famous by the TV adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s novel Brideshead Revisited, her husband still keeps in contact with Nicholas.
“My husband has shown such grace and dignity – too much in my opinion – and still speaks to his brother,” Rebecca Howard told the Mail on Sunday’s You Magazine.
“He made me promise not to get involved, but I am so upset on his behalf and that of our children.
“I’m not a Howard: my place is with my husband wherever that may be. But Simon Belongs at Castle Howard and it hurts me to see him so crushed.”
Nicholas Howard, who is married to former HarperCollins boss Victoria Barnsley, made his younger brother step down from his roles as chief executive and chairman of the company that runs Castle Howard.
The full details of how and why the eviction was orchestrated have never been revealed.
“Nick’s wife Vicky joined the board, and not long after Simon was simply told he would no longer be chairman and managing director: take from that what you will,” said Rebecca Howard.
The building in North Yorkshire has been home to ten generations of the Howard family and attracts 250,000 visitors per year.
Nicholas was initially offered the run of the estate by their father, Lord Howard of Henderskelfe, but turned it down in favour of pursuing his dream of becoming a rock star.
While Nicholas set out to seek fame, Simon stepped in and saved the castle from being sold. But Nicholas’ music career never took off – instead he forged a career in photography, specialising in landscapes.
Speaking about his relationship with Castle Howard since being evicted by his brother, Simon Howard said: “It’s still a wonderful building and there are still some good people there”.
Simon Howard currently lives with his wife in Welham Hall, a manor house located ten miles from the Castle Howard estate.
Article Source : https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/07/08/ousted-head-brideshead-house-still-speaks-brother-evicted-castle/